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Sunglasses

Vanessa Brown

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Article

By the late 1960s, sunglasses were a well-established fashion accessory, having accumulated numerous valuable meanings within Western visual culture: speed, technology, military power, celebrity, travel, glamour, and the outsider cool of black American jazzmen, beatniks, rap artists, cinematic gangsters, and femmes fatales. Subsequently, sunglasses became increasingly significant to fashion, providing lucrative licensing opportunities as well as creative potential to nuance clothes with desirable

Jazz Style on the Catwalk, 1970s–2000s

Alphonso D. McClendon

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Article

From 1970 to 2000, the influence of jazz culture on the women’s catwalk is pinpointed by the confluence of masculine and feminine details. Designers, during the three decades, interpreted the tuxedo and double-breasted suit that were standardized uniforms of early jazz musicians. Particularly for African American performers, these formal garments bolstered access to mainstream culture, social and economic equality, celebrity, and musical distinction. These utilities are paramount to its exhibitio

Fashion and Jazz

Alphonso D. McClendon

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Fashion and jazz are expressive forms of art and have significantly influenced one another in the first half of the twentieth century. The merger of alluring fashion and impassioned jazz configured mutually beneficial relationships, where aesthetics imparting identity and showmanship were put forth. Creative output, an aspiration of each discipline, was achieved through the exploration of textiles and construction in fashion, and the improvisation of melody and harmony in jazz. With American orig

The Influence of American Jazz on Fashion

Susan L. Hannel

Source: Twentieth-Century American Fashion 2008

Book chapter

Editors’ Introduction: The efforts to provide more sensible dress for women finally came to fruition in the 1920s, as seen in Chapter 3. Many factors help explain the change in women’s dress from highly structured complex garments to the short, shapeless dresses that emerged in the 1920s. The change occurred, in part, with a shift from Victorian and Edwardian sensibilities to modernist concepts of functionality. Also, in America more young people were entering college and creating new lifestyles

The Beat Generation: Subcultural Style

Linda Welters

Source: Twentieth-Century American Fashion 2008

Book chapter

Editors’ Introduction: During the 1950s, Americans were conservative in their attitudes (Miller and Nowak 1977). They lived with the threat of the Cold War, the ‘Red Scare,’ and the atom bomb. The average family lived in the newly formed suburbs where mothers stayed at home and fathers headed off to work. On Sundays, families went to churches of predominantly Protestant denominations. Many middle-class men worked for ‘the organization’ and adopted corporate values as their own (Whyte 1956). Immig

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