Courtesy of NPR
For many, style is much deeper than articles of clothing; it’s a statement of identity. Black men have a unique relationship with fashion, one that can be traced all the way back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
Professor Monica L. Miller, author of Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity, talked with Tell Me More’s Michel Martin about the past, present and future of black men’s fashion.
She explained that African American men have used style as a way to challenge stereotypes about who they are. “Sometimes the well-dressed black man coming down the street is asking you to look and think.”