I have been so inspired by vintage fashion and imagery, lately. More than I ever thought I would be. Between my recent pattern haul, and my near addiction to vintage fashion blogs, I feel like vintage is all around me. But, like anything that one becomes interest in, you start to notice trends and patterns in what you’re absorbing. I had become increasingly aware of the dearth of black & vintage imagery in my diet. I knew that the material was out there. I had come across this flickr account, the Of Another Fashion movement and some fantastic stuff while browsing Pinterest.
But, shouldn’t there be more? Blacks were around during the entire history of the United States. Where were the images that represent that reality? I have seen enough images from slavery, and other important historical times like the civil rights movement, to last a lifetime. I’ve seen Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge and Josephine Baker dressed to the nines in any number of publicity stills. But where are the images of the average, stylish black people over the years? Where are we dressed in the styles we see in vintage pattern images? Well, I’ve been lucky enough to find more sources, lately. I’d LOVE to find a blog, or thirty, so if any of you know of one, shout it out in the comments!!
In the meantime, here are some of my current favorites!
It makes me SO happy to see people who look like me wearing the styles that I have come to enjoy!! You can visit this Pinterest board for more!