Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl's Love Letter to the Power of Fashion

Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl's Love Letter to the Power of Fashion

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Author: Ford, Tanisha C.

Brand: St. Martin's Press

Binding: Hardcover

Number Of Pages: 256

Release Date: 25-06-2019

Details: Product Description NOW OPTIONED BY Sony Pictures TV FOR A LIVE-ACTION SERIES ADAPTATION: produced by Freida Pinto and Gabrielle Union "A perfect time to look at the ethos of black hair in America ― and the perfect person to do it is Tanisha Ford" ―Changing America"Everyone from the shopaholic to the clearance rack queen will see themselves in [Ford's] pages." ―Essence"Takes you not only into the closet, but the inner sanctum of an ordinary extraordinary Black girl who discovered herself through clothes." ―Michaela Angela Davis, Image Activist and Writer"[A] delightful style story." ―The Philadelphia Inquirer From sneakers to leather jackets, a bold, witty, and deeply personal dive into Black America's closet In this highly engaging book, fashionista and pop culture expert Tanisha C. Ford investigates Afros and dashikis, go-go boots and hotpants of the sixties, hip hop's baggy jeans and bamboo earrings, and the #BlackLivesMatter-inspired hoodies of today. The history of these garments is deeply intertwined with Ford’s story as a black girl coming of age in a Midwestern rust belt city. She experimented with the Jheri curl; discovered how wearing the wrong color tennis shoes at the roller rink during the drug and gang wars of the 1980s could get you beaten; and rocked oversized, brightly colored jeans and Timberlands at an elite boarding school where the white upper crust wore conservative wool shift dresses. Dressed in Dreams is a story of desire, access, conformity, and black innovation that explains things like the importance of knockoff culture; the role of “ghetto fabulous” full-length furs and colorful leather in the 1990s; how black girls make magic out of a dollar store t-shirt, rhinestones, and airbrushed paint; and black parents' emphasis on dressing nice. Ford talks about the pain of seeing black style appropriated by the mainstream fashion industry and fashion’s power, especially in middle America. In this richly evocative narrative, she shares her lifelong fashion revolution―from figuring out her own personal style to discovering what makes Midwestern fashion a real thing too. Review Essence’s 10 BOOKS WE’RE DYING TO TOSS INTO OUR SUMMER TOTES | The Philadelphia Inquirer's BIG SUMMER BOOKS FOR 2019 | 6 BOOKS THAT COMPLICATE THE IDEA OF INDEPENDENCE by Colorlines | Bitch Media's 15 NONFICTION BOOKS FEMINISTS SHOULD READ THIS SPRING | ONE OF The Root's FAVORITE READS OF 2019"For Ford, fashion isn't just about how we look―she knows that what we wear is both personal and political." ―The Root"Poignant yet funny ... Ford does a brilliant job tracing the roots of fashion and its intersection with African-American culture, music and social movements." ―Diverse "A professor and pop-culture observer finds insight behind the statement, 'clothes are never just garments'... An entertaining coming-of-age memoir from 'a proud dashiki daughter, dressed in my own dreams.'" ―Kirkus Reviews"Ford’s memoir explores the connections between Black style and Black struggle; her nostalgia for Nike“kicks” is tempered with pain over the crack and gang era they represented (“We watched as our parents’freedom dreams morphed into crack vapor") and anger at Nike executives who “for damn sure weren’tshowing up on our doorsteps to give their condolences to so-and-so’s mama after her kid was gunneddown in their shoes or beaten and robbed for them.” Ford’s ultimate fashion achievement, successfullybucking racial profiling at a Louis Vuitton store, represents “enfranchisement . . . a feeling few black folkin this country get to feel." ―Booklist (starred review)"A rich and exciting book that focuses on family love, girlhood, the black arts movement and the closet. I loved this book. I am still smiling and embracing my memories of coming of age and creating and finding multiple identities while styling in and out of my own closet. Groundbreaking." ―Deborah Willis, New York University and author of Posing Beauty “Tanisha Ford explores and explica

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