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Dressed in dreams: a black girl's love letter to the power of fashion

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"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.

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"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.

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subject_facetAfrican American college teachers -- Biography
African American women -- Clothing
Blacks -- Race identity -- United States
Clothing and dress -- United States
Fashion -- United States
Ford, Tanisha C. -- Clothing
United States -- Race relations
title_displayDressed in dreams : a black girl's love letter to the power of fashion
title_fullDressed 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 / Tanisha C. Ford
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topic_facetAfrican American Nonfiction
African American college teachers
African American women
Art
Biography & Autobiography
Blacks
Clothing
Clothing and dress
Fashion
Ford, Tanisha C
Nonfiction
Race identity
Race relations