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Symposium Reading List

Symposium speakers
  • Agins, Terri, Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers (Avery, 2014)
  • Agins, Terri, The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2000)
  • Ambrose, June, Effortless Style (Gallery Books, 2007)
  • McClendon, Alphonso, Fashion and Jazz: Dress, Identity and Subcultural Improvisation (Dress, Body, Culture) (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015)
  • Miller, Monica, Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity (Duke University Press Books, 2009)
  • Pritchard, Eric Darnell, Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016)
  • Romero, Elena, Free Stylin': How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry (Hip Hop in America) (Praeger, 2012)
  • Rovine, Victoria, African Fashion, Global Style: Histories, Innovations, and Ideas You Can Wear (African Expressive Cultures) (Indiana University Press, 2015)
  • White, Constance, Stylenoir: The First How to Guide to Fashion Written with Black Women in Mind (TarcherPerigee, 1998)
Other authors
  • Chicago History Museum, Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of the Ebony Fashion Fair (Chicago Historical Society, 2013)
  • Gainer, Nichelle, Vintage Black Glamour (Rocket 88, 2015)
  • Givhan, Robin, The Battle of Versailles (Flatiron Books, 2015)
  • Jennings, Helen, New African Fashion (Prestel Publishing, 2011)
  • Summers, Barbara, Skin Deep: The Story of Black Models in America and Abroad (Amistad Press. HarperCollins, 1998)
  • Tulloch, Carol, The Birth of Cool (Bloomsbury, 2008)
  • White, Graham and Shane White, Stylin': African-American Expressive Culture, from Its Beginnings to the Zoot Suit (Cornell University Press, 1999)