Using rarely accessed photographic archives and private collections, Nichelle has unearthed a revealing treasure trove of memorable and iconic images. The book presents historic photographs of famous actors, dancers, writers and entertainers who worked in the 20th-century entertainment business, but who rarely appeared in the same publications as their white counterparts. With its stunning photographs and insightful biographies, this book is a hugely important addition to Black history archives.Preorder
Alongside profiles and photographs of world-renowned Black stars such as Josephine Baker, Dorothy Dandridge and Diana Ross are biographies and images of less-known but hugely influential artists including the author’s aunt, opera singer Margaret Tynes, Cotton Club star Margot Webb, pioneering model Ophelia De Vore and many, many more. Their stories — usually ignored in mainstream histories of their profession — are revealed in this groundbreaking book.Preorder
Alongside Vintage Black Glamour, author Nichelle Gainer blogs beauty, fashion and lifestyle at 55 Secret Street, health, fitness and wellness at Revenge of the Curves, and books, cultural history and the arts at Anovelista.
You want a peek into the world of dazzling, retro black fabulousness? Vintage Black Glamour is the first and last stop. The fact that Nichelle’s genius, wildly addictive blog is now a book is the chicest news I’ve heard since finding out about Diahann Carroll and Sidney Poitier’s affair. Bring on the glamour!
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Nichelle Gainer’s gorgeous visual feast is my daily meditation on the dignity, elegance and uncommon allure of African American beauty. Vintage Black Glamour is a balm for the soul.
- Premium high price point hardback book
- Clothbound cover with printed design and foil detailing
- Interior printed on heavyweight art paper
- Over 200 pages and over 150 stunning black and white and colour photographs — including many rare and unseen archive images
- Reading ribbon
- Delivered direct to your door — not available in bookstores or from other online retailers
Equal parts black entertainment history and mesmerizing eye-candy, Vintage Black Glamour reminds us that long before Beyoncé, there were black women who succeeded in conquering the entertainment world with their talent, beauty, style and fashion sense. Learning about these women is the reason to pick this book up. Letting go of all that fierceness is the reason you will not want to put it down!Preorder
Mixed among the luminaries are regular — but still glamorous — people. Those are the photos that fascinate me.Preorder
As a long time fan of Nichelle Gainer’s extraordinary blog I am thrilled to see Vintage Black Glamour, the book. This exquisite project provides a unique and invaluable glimpse of the artistry and creativity of generations of black style-makers and trendsetters. It is sure to entertain, inform and influence readers for years to come.
Dating as far back as the early 1900s, the photos on Vintage Black Glamour — some regal, some playful, some hip — all pay homage to timeless Black beauty.