ë Dressed in Dreams ¾ Download by Ý Tanisha C. Ford

ë Dressed in Dreams ¾ Download by Ý Tanisha C. Ford 4.
5 Stars This book is part cultural history, personal reflection, and societal analysis The writing is phenomenal and brought me in as well as back to my own memories of fashion music expectation as a young adult to adult HIGHLY recommend Dr Ford s book, particularly to those wanting to be reminded and immersed in their backgrounds and what aspects of fashion sparked our ideas of belonging and identity.
This book, a mesh of a coming of age story and fashion history textbook, is a cool way to show how fashion changes and molds us while also defining our roles and class It is written beautifully almost poetically.
Although it was clear in several passages that I am not the target audience for this book, I found that I could relate to at least 75% of the fashion and brands named in the book I grew up in the same factory town as Ford names it and even went to the same high school We were a year apart, but the fashion, songs, and sentiments were all the same This book spans Ford s life through the clothing, music, and ideals that were popular at the time from dashikis to blacklivesmatter She describes not only how they affected her life, but also how they came to be, and a little bit about how they related to her culture I enjo Black fashion has made its place in fashion history from Afros and dashikis to baggie jeans and hooped earrings Dressed in Dreams by Tanisha C Ford is a book that all black girls should read In this memoir Ford tells her coming of age story through fashion and pop culture This book brought back so many memories for me especially the early 90 s The music, fashion trends and the history behind it all I couldn t put this book down Well written and researched it s a must read Thank you, St Martin s Press, for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review 5 out of 5 Dressed in Dreams is a perfect blend of memoir, fashion, pop culture, and history Tanisha C Ford walks readers through her life, telling of the popular fashion trends that she embraced as well as introducing the special individuals and culture that influenced her style Wholly original in both concept and execution, Tanisha C Ford s book is a beautiful celebration of black women However, anyone who treasures clothes, hair, and accessories will delight in this thoughtful book.
I received a free copy of this book from St Martin s Press through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
ARC received from St Martin s Press and NetGalley in exchange for honest review, opinions are all my own Thank you The title really sums up what this book is all about, a love letter to the power of fashion and how it shapes peoples lives The author leads us through how it helped to influence and shape her life life but she does a great job of showing how fashion affects culture as a whole Also cultures affect on fashion, from music to movie and television.
Each chapter for the book is dedicated to a specific piece of fashion and its affect on society at that time I really liked how the author also spends a good amount of time talking about the history of the fashion I know all the fashion that she mentioned but to learn its history was re



I get it I understand it While the author and I didn t quite have the same timeframe and cultural fashion cache this book and the tales of fashions within were quite familiar I was reminded of growing up and not being able to wear Nike of any sort because my mom recalled sensational news stories of people being robbed, jumped and even killed for their Jordans I was reminded of that feeling of being grown up when I went to Value City and bought a pair of Nike gym shoes with my own money, but also that feeling of being afraid that my mom would chastise me and my dad for allowing it for buying the forbidden brand I was taken back to being in New York for the first time in 2006 and going to the Carol s Daughter store in Brooklyn and feeling hip and in the know about natural hair care Dressed in Dreams book review no spoilers.
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Thank you to netgalley and stmartinspress for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Part memoir, part fashion lesson and all around absolutely engaging this is a novel I thought about long after closing the cover Though it s rooted in fashion, Dressed in Dreams deals with all kinds of topics desire, access, black innovation, appropriation and ultimately fashion s power Tanisha takes us through her childhood, teen years, college and beyond You grow with her, feeling not only the pains of adolescence but also her experiences as a black girl coming of age in a Midwestern rust belt city I appreciate her honesty, her ability to speak so passionately throughout her story and how she s able to tie so much back to fashion To quote Tanisha, And I ve concluded clothes are never just garments.
This book publishes today, June 25, 201 Dressed in Dreams by Tanisha C Ford is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early July.
A strong ode by Ford and her amazing, awesome, self made seamstress and police officer mother Amye on embracing colorful, expressive clothing and donning garments that have and embody a personality, and styling your hair to become that personality Oof, this was a huge callback to my childhood memories of the 1980s 90s jeans and leather of a huge myriad of colors, looking on point while at the roller rink, dialup internet chatrooms with quite a few tidbits of info I had no idea about maintenance of Wave Nouveau, natural, cold, or Jheri curls sneaker brands choosing rappers and athletes as spokespeople hair products by Carol s Daughter.
I think it s easy for some people to dismiss fashion as an exaltation of excess capitalism, a waste of money, a glaring lack of modesty and humility I beg to differ fashion is an outward expression of personal style, a way to set self apart from the crowd or show unity as a group, even as an act of protest in a society that doesn t view you as capable, human, beautiful as you are Tanisha Ford traces her style development from the very beginning as a dashiki family in a Dickies town to an evolution that crossed paths with baggy jeans, Timberland boots, Wave Nouveau hair, leather jackets, and knee high boots Tennis shoes, afro puffs, bamboo earrings, short shorts, hoodies, and designer handbags are woven into this thing called life, not only as status symbols or acquisitions, but a representation of personal growth Ford s writing is accessible to any rea From Sneakers To Leather Jackets, A Bold, Witty, And Deeply Personal Dive Into Black America S Closet In This Highly Engaging Book, Fashionista And Pop Culture Expert Tanisha C Ford Investigates Afros And Dashikis, Go Go Boots And Hotpants Of The Sixties, Hip Hop S Baggy Jeans And Bamboo Earrings, And The BlackLivesMatter Inspired Hoodies Of TodayThe History Of These Garments Is Deeply Intertwined With Ford S Story As A Black Girl Coming Of Age In A Midwestern Rust Belt City She Experimented With The Jheri Curl Discovered How Wearing The Wrong Color Tennis Shoes At The Roller Rink During The Drug And Gang Wars Of The S Could Get You Beaten And Rocked Oversized, Brightly Colored Jeans And Timberlands At An Elite Boarding School Where The White Upper Crust Wore Conservative Wool Shift Dresses Dressed in Dreams Is A Story Of Desire, Access, Conformity, And Black Innovation That Explains Things Like The Importance Of Knockoff Culture The Role Of Ghetto Fabulous Full Length Furs And Colorful Leather In The S How Black Girls Make Magic Out Of A Dollar Store T Shirt, Rhinestones, And Airbrushed Paint And Black Parents Emphasis On Dressing Nice Ford Talks About The Pain Of Seeing Black Style Appropriated By The Mainstream Fashion Industry And Fashion S Power, Especially In Middle America In This Richly Evocative Narrative, She Shares Her Lifelong Fashion Revolution From Figuring Out Her Own Personal Style To Discovering What Makes Midwestern Fashion A Real Thing Too

Tanisha C Ford is a foremost voice, speaking at the intersection of politics and culture She is an award winning writer, cultural critic, and Associate Professor of Africana Studies History at the University of Delaware Tanisha is also a co founder of TEXTURES, a pop up material culture lab creating and curating content on bodies and the built environment Her commitment to social justice