Contents: Foreword by Geoffrey Holder; Introduction by Michael McCollom; Fashions Fade, Style is Eternal; Hair, Hells and Attitude; Adore that Pink; Important Hair; Express Yourself; Stumbling is Not Falling; Destined for Greatness; Aim High; Index to Participants.
Geoffrey Holder was born in Trinidad, and moved to New York in 1954, where he made his renaissance career, as a dancer, actor, painter, choreographer, designer, director, and singer. He has been a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his painting, appeared in several feature films, and won a Tony Award for Best Director for his Broadway musical, The Wiz. Holder lives with his wife, Carmen de Lavallade, in New York City. Michael McCollom is a designer and professional photographer. Named by Vogue magazine as the "designer to watch," he has gained recognition as a designer and photographer, working with a celebrity clientele including Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Julia Roberts. His first solo gallery exhibition took place in SoHo (New York) in 2002, and he continues to curate shows throughout the city, including the 2006/2007 Museum of the City of New York's fashion exhibition, "Black Style Now."
A marvelous journey from Harlem Renaissance to Hip-Hop, The Way We Wore celebrates the innovative and captivating history of African-American fashion over the past century. With photographs like Gwen Mazer walking her pet ocelot while wearing a wool herringbone cape with matching trousers by Eric Lund taken in Italy during the 1970s. The Way We Wore is equal parts regal and reala must-have for any collector of contemporary fashion and style. -- Miss Rosen Crave Online, June 16, 2015