Designer:Syd Shelton
Author:Carol Tulloch
Publisher:Bloomsbury Academic
Date:January 2016
Dimensions:9.25 x 6.15 x 1 in.
Format:Paperback
Pages:272
ISBN:9781859734704

The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African Diaspora

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Spanning the late nineteenth century to modern-day,  this book investigates the role of dress in the creation and assertion of black identity. It draws on ready-made and homemade fashion, photographs, paintings and films, published and unpublished biographies and letters from Britain, Jamaica, South Africa, and the United States to consider how personal style statements reflect issues of racial and cultural difference. The Birth of Cool is a powerful exploration of how style and dress both initiate and confirm change and express identity and resistance in black culture.

 


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