African American women have been adding to, participating in, and influencing fashion and style in the United States for many years. We only really begin to see Black high fashion models in the late 80's, although women like Lena Horne were paving the way in mainstream media and entertainment much earlier. Women of color have often been looked over in the fashion industry and their history in terms of clothing and jewelry could be highlighted more. As an anthropologist, of indigenous and caucasian descent, this interests me as does women's studies in general. I run across various uncirculated and circulated images of fantastic Black women in wonderful clothes- so I wanted to add some here today. The history of women in wonderful vintage clothing is a rich one. Inclusion should be a part of art and fashion everyday- lets get inspired from all fashion icons! If you have any vintage or historic fashion photographs of stylish African American/Black women please feel free to contact me or add them here.
|This 1800's image can be purchased at the shop diabolus on etsy.|
|1899 Image see Dubois exhibit link below.|
|Atlanta University, 1890's. Four women.|
|1890's. Women in Dress.|
|1920's image's author is unknown.|
1920's image author unknown. Stylish women in great coats.
|Josephine Baker. Late 20's/30's image of Actress.|
|Louise Ritchie 1930's actress.|
|Dorothy Dandridge. 1940's Hollywood Image.|
1940's/50's photo of bathing beauties original for sale at turntablebooks on ebay.
Eartha Kitt-Stunning Fashion Icon. 1950's-60's image.
I have always loved this photo: Donyale Luna - First African-American Cover Girl for magazine.
Online Articles of Interest:
See for more Period Images some by DuBois: flickr black heritage images.http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackheritage/117889491
Article on Fredi Washington 1930's actress: FREDI WASHINGTONhttp://kissingkitty.com/kissingkitty/FREDI_WASHINGTON.html