THE THREADS OF TIME THE FABRIC OF HISTORY
Profiles of African American Dressmakers and Designers
by Rosemary E. Reed Miller
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3rd Edition, newly released, 2007, 38 Profiles, 288 pages...
THE THREADS OF TIME THE FABRIC OF HISTORY, Profiles
of African American Dressmakers and Designers from 1860 to
the Present is a book that has been needed for some time.
It fills the gap that exists in the general publicís mind
about what African American designers and dressmakers did
before l960. Most people think that African American designers,
such as Patrick Kelly, Stephen Burrows and Willi Smith sprung
up totally out of the air in the l960ís and the 1970ís.
THE THREADS OF TIME AND THE
FABRIC OF HISTORY documents that fashion and talent
were alive and well from the 1860ís and before. The Threads
of Time, The Fabric of History fills in that information
gap about the contributions of African American designers
in the pre 1960ís.
Rosemary E. Reed Miller, is a writer
and the owner of the community-focused, and trendy store,
Toast and Strawberries, which opened in 1968.
It included accessories, fashions and community work all
under one roof. The store featured the work of small-business
designers of clothing and accessories.
Luckily, Ms. Reed Miller, a history
major graduate of Temple University, understood that the
many people didnít have a sense of the struggles and accomplishments
of early African American dressmakers and
She researched and highlighted the
forgotten work of Elizabeth Keckley, who designed for Mrs.
Lincoln and Ann Lowe who designed the wedding dress for
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Also, she found Zelda Wynn,
who designed for Marian Anderson, Josephine Baker, Gladys
Knight, Dorothy Dandridge, and the singer Joyce Bryant.
Ms.Wynn also designed the first Playboy costume.
THE THREADS OF TIME,
128 p., published by T&S Publishing, September,
2002, is now available to the world to correct and add to
the information for anyone interested in fashion and women
Call or write
for your copy, T & S Publishing 1532 Upshur Street, NW St., N.W. Washington, DC 20011.