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THE BIRTH OF COOL: STYLE NARRATIVES OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA. Carol Tulloch. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2016. 276 pp. with 51 ills. (7 col.). 24 x 17 cm. ISBN 9781859734650 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 164042. Publisher's description: From the zoot suit and Black dandy through to Rastafarianism and beyond, black style has had a profound influence on the history of dress in the twentieth century. Yet despite this high profile, the dress styles worn by men and women of the African diaspora have received scant attention, even though the culture itself has been widely documented from historical, sociological and political perspectives. Focusing on counter- and sub-cultural contexts, this book investigates the role of dress in the creation and assertion of black identity. From the home-dressmaking of Jamaican women, through to the Harlem Renaissance and contemporary streetstyles such as Hip Hop and Raggamuffin, black Britons, African Americans and Jamaicans have been at the forefront of establishing a variety of black identities. In their search for a self-image that expresses their diaspora experience, members of these groups have embraced the cultural shapers of modernity and postmodernity in their dress.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Costume/Fashion
Plans: 73,30
Worldwide Number: 164041
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