Right on time for Black History Month, Michael McCollom’s “The Way We Wore: Black Style Then,” is an excellent addition to your collection of books on African American style, perfect right next to your worn copies of Jamel Shabazz’ Back In The Days and Black Style by Carol Tulloch.
Published by Glitterati Incorpated, McCollum’s book is filled with decades old images of cool looking Black folks. Many of the images are from McCollom’s personal collection and feature African-American designers, models, entertainers in all their splendid style glory of their era: huge afro’, butterfly collars, psychedelic colors and attitudes. Some of the subjects presented in this tome are known to us, folks like image activist Bethann Hardison, photographed on a Rio De Janeiro beach, and Andre Leon Talley. Other’s are obscure yet stylish. There are tons of Do’s and Don’ts but that doesn’t matter because style is about taste; and this book is flavorful.