Black Ivy: A Revolt In Style - Hardcover


  • This title charts a period in American history when Black men across the country adopted clothing seen by many as the preserve of a privileged elite – and made it their own
  • From the Oxford button-down shirt, the soft shoulder three-button jacket and the perennial military repp tie, these clothes are instilled with an approach so revolutionary that you'll never be able to see them in the same way again. This is a story about clothes, but also about freedom
  • Here you will see some famous, infamous and not so famous figures in Black culture such as Amiri Baraka, Charles White, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., James Baldwin, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Sidney Poitier, and how they reinvented Ivy and Prep fashion―the dominant looks of the time. The real stars of the book―the Oxford cloth button-down shirt, the hand-stitched loafer, the soft shoulder three-button jacket and the perennial repp tie―are all here. What Black Ivy explores is how these clothes are reframed and redefined by a stylish group of men from outside the mainstream, challenging the status quo, struggling for racial equality and civil rights
  • Boasting the work of some of America's finest photographers and image-makers, this must-have tome is a celebration of how, regardless of the odds, great style always wins

Pages: 208

Published: December 2021

Size (cm): 27.5 x 23 x 4

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