From leotards to harem pants, Michael McCollom's collection of photos reveals the daring side of African-American fashion
Trilbies and trenchcoats, leotards and legwarmers, and a monkey-fur vest teamed with a knee-length suede skirt – these are just some of the magnificent outfits worn by black men and women in this book of photographs from the 1940s to the present day. They are mostly New York designers, entrepreneurs, boutique owners, publicists and actors – friends and acquaintances of designer Michael McCollom, who brought these snapshots together.
Linwood Allen, pictured above with a hairbrush, and Douglas Says, below, modelling a pair of harem pants, were schoolfriends in Newark, New Jersey, not in the 1930s, as you might guess, but in the late 1970s. Enterprising and fashion-forward even as teenagers, they talked their high school yearbook photographer into taking studio shots. They took it seriously, tearing pages from magazines as prompts and styling themselves as Prohibition-era dandies. Today, they are fashion designers.
African-American fashion, McCollom says, has always had "a strong sense of style with a lot of daring. It's about being creative with what's available, rather than wearing designer clothes."
From brides in full wedding regalia to bachelors in bell-bottoms, these images should inspire those of us less inclined to embrace our own individuality.
• The Way We Wore: Black Style Then by Michael McCollom is published by Glitterati Incorporated, $30.Hannah Booth
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