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27 February 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Celebrating Black History Through Fashion: The Social Club (1960s)

 

CBHTF Collage - Aishia

There is certainly a common thread among all the photos submitted for this year’s Celebrating Black History Through Fashion series: sharp dressing.  The photos above were submitted by Aishia Strickland of GOOD Hair Magazine and captures her great uncle (the tall handsome guy in the middle of the group photo) in the 1960s, at one of many Social Club events.

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26 February 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Celebrating Black History Through Fashion: Fur Stoles and Strong Shoulders

 

CBHTF Collage - Kim

Since we’re halfway to the weekend, I figured it was a good time to hit you with some vintage glamour and a side of classic tailoring for this installment of the Celebrating Black History Through Fashion series.

These family photos were submitted by Kim Justice aka @agirlaboutstyle on Twitter (follow her for witty commentary on fashion, reality TV, her disdain for Chicago weather, etc.).

The picture on the left was taken in the 1940s and features her extremely dapper great-great uncle Belia with a lady-friend. Their hats and her stole are providing us with so much life. Clearly this was shot in the daytime. And it only makes me curious as to where they were heading. Church? Lunch? Shopping? Wherever they ended up, they most certainly made a stylish entrance.

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24 February 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Celebrating Black History Through Fashion: The Flyest Couple (1950s)

 

CBHTF Collage - Erika

The photos above were submitted by event planner extraordinaire, Erika Jones Purvis, and feature her parents in the late 1950s.

Not only are they a beautiful couple, but their style complements one another superbly.  From her dad who was always suited (peep the perfectly folded pocket square) to her mom who clearly knows how to work a dress (she’s exuding so much confidence in that all-white ensemble), I gather these two never left the house underdressed.

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20 February 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Celebrating Black History Through Fashion: Ladylike Accessories (1960s)

 

CBHTF Shirley J Cockerham -resized

Since it’s “Throwback Thursday” (#tbt) in social media land, I figured there was no better time to kick off this year’s Celebrating Black History Through Fashion series.

This photo was submitted by Adiat Baker and features her beautiful mom.

“Here’s my mother (Shirley J. Cockerham) circa 1963! In those days, ladies never left the house without looking like a lady! #class #dignity”

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27 January 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Celebrating Black History Through Fashion: Submit Your Photos

 

After the Buro 24/7 editorial disaster last week, which coincidentally (and unfortunately) occurred on Martin Luther King Day, I was even more compelled to re-launch the “Celebrating Black History Through Fashion” series for Black History Month this year.

The series has always been the perfect opportunity to showcase and celebrate the Black influence on fashion, not to mention the impeccable style our predecessors executed with ease.

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01 March 2012 / By Nikia Jefferson

The "Celebrating Black History Through Fashion" Wrap Up (with My In-Laws)

Well, that’s it people! The month of February has come and gone.

[the photo]
With March being the month of my wedding anniversary, what better way to wrap things up than with this picture of a stylish couple which also happens to be my in-laws.

They were photographed at a party in the late 1960s. Dad looks so put together (which is still the case to this very day) and Mom looks stunning in her floral suit.  Due to fashion’s continual reference to the past, it is no surprise that floral suit remains relevant today. With Spring approaching and floral being a huge trend this year, there are many who would wear that jacket with a tee and jeans or that shift dress with a solid colored blazer or cardigan.

No one knew then that a few years later they would give birth to my future husband. But aren’t we glad they did? *smile*

[the wrap up]
Thanks to everyone that submitted photos this year for the “Celebrating Black History Through Fashion” series. From the candid shots (like here and here) to the sartorial glimpses back into time (like here), I am grateful for those who decided to share a piece of their history with my readers. Because at the end of the day, it’s about honoring those who helped us get to where we are today, personally and fashionably.

To view all of the photos (past and present), click HERE and enjoy!

29 February 2012 / By Nikia Jefferson

Celebrating Black History Through Fashion: Two Peas in a Stylish Pod

This adorable photo was submitted by my girl (and queen of satire), Kim aka @AGirlAboutStyle.

Read her quick trip down memory lane:

This picture of my cousin Marc and me (age 3) was taken by my cousin Delilah (Marc’s mom). 

Marc’s pose and smile reminds me of a catalog model.  I always enjoyed going to visit my cousins, they spoiled me and there weren’t as many rules at their house. The Soul Sister blacklight painting used to scare me and I remember there were orange and amber beads hanging in the doorway to the living room that I loved running through. This photo makes me smile, I look like I’m on the verge of cracking up. I love the nostalgia. The seventies are so well represented here. Can you dig it? 

We certainly dig it, Kim! Her love affair with style clearly began at a young age. And Marc? That white belt and popped collar shows that his cool sense of style was far beyond his years.   

Two peas in a stylish pod!

P.S. I have officially added that Soul Sister poster to my wishlist.

Click here to view more “Celebrating Black History Through Fashion” submissions.

29 February 2012 / By Nikia Jefferson

Celebrating Black History Through Fashion: The Phi Beta Sigma Ball

This photo was submitted by Attorney Andrea Harvey of Harvey Law Office and dates back to 1974. 

Here is Andrea’s description of this definitive moment in time:

This photo was taken of my parents when they were in college. In the Fall of 1974, the chapter of Phi Beta Sigma at Albany State University (then College) campus had a ‘ball.’ My father, being a Sigma and the coordinator of the event, invited my mother the Freshman, as his date. My mother was so excited- she sewed her own dress. She has always been a seamstress at heart and enjoyed sewing for events such as this. They were so innocent…going to their first formal event together. That next year in June they got married! Since they didn’t have a wedding, this is the only “dressed up” photo of them as a couple from that time. 
 
I think it’s true “vintage.” I mean, come on. My dad has a FLY (literally) bow tie and my mom’s hair is reminiscent of Diana Ross and the Supremes. It has always been my favorite photo of them.

Although this image is unrestored, the pertinent details shine through: mom’s soft bob hairstyle and colorblocked dress as well as dad’s ruffle collar AND cuffs.

So young yet so sharp.

Thanks for sharing this family photo, Andrea!

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27 February 2012 / By Nikia Jefferson

Celebrating Black History Through Fashion: Matchy Matchy

I absolutely adore these photos submitted by my Twitter buddy, Tiffany!

Both pictures date back to the early 1970s and feature Tiffany’s parents before heading out for one of their many date nights.

From dad’s insane sideburns, velvet blazer and patterned ties to mom’s plaid bell bottoms and halter dress, I’m not sure what I love most.  Needless to say, they are an extremely handsome couple who obviously likes to color coordinate and dress to the nines.

Now, I only have one question. Can I please get those specs that dad is wearing on the left?!
  

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27 February 2012 / By Nikia Jefferson

Celebrating Black History Through Fashion: House Party Hosting

This retro photo was submitted by my fellow fashion and music junkie, Lenora.

Read why this is one of her most coveted photos:

So here is one of my most favorite pictures ever. It is of my Grandpa Leonard and Granny circa 1962 at one of the many house parties they would either throw or attend, which I understand was full of dancing and roaring good times. Love everything about this picture, namely how lovely and proud my grandparents looked.  It definitely takes me back to a time when men dressed like men and women dressed like ladies. My Grandpa looks so handsome smiling next to my Granny, who is just beautiful in her belted suit and pearls, so timeless. My Granny was always so glamorous and certainly my very first style icon. I have the fondest memories of playing in all her gorgeous minks and the stunning jewelry on her vanity, much of which I wear to this very day.

Look at Granny working that self-made peplum look! This photo definitely captures the couple’s style and charismatic personalities. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to a) attend one of those house parties and b) sift through Granny’s accessories.

Thanks, Lenora, for sharing a piece of your personal history.

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