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A New Editorial Spotlights The Black Dandy Queens

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In life, whether real or imagined, we have seen black women wear menswear clothing — and make it into their own style. From a young androgynous Naomi Campbell for Italian Vogue to today’s superstar Janelle Monae, women have co-opted the “dandy” style of clothing that has made a resurgence the past few years and killed it in a unique way.

French magazine Blackattitude hones in on the focus that began with the Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago to focus on a trio of female dandies. Helmed by Prisca M. Monnier as a collaboration with Nadeem Mateky, Dandy Queens spotlights three sartorial-clad models (Aurélie Lamalle, Marama Lee, Khady Diallo) as they take on the roles of American abolitionist Dr. Mary Walker Chirurgienne, frontierswoman Martha Jane Canary (Calamity Jane), and Jo March (from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women).

 

blackattitude-2Photo: Blackattitude | Prisca M. Monnier

 

The dapper style, which has been a staple in African and African American culture since the 19th Century, typically finds men testing a new brim or ready to lead an ensemble in a social gathering. The exhibit opened early this past April and features images of black men dressed extravagantly from New Orleans to New Guinea. While more than 29 photographers participated in that exhibit, the Dandy Queens highlights just how fluid the definition of “dressing like a man” truly is.

The trend mirrors what is going on in popular culture with artists such as the aforementioned Janelle Monae and her artist, Jidenna. The duo are part of a representation — or style of dress — where the people wear more vintage clothes. These outfits are particularly tailored to the body type and encourages longevity of the outfit, as opposed to just following the trends. In short, whether man or woman, everyone wants to dress well and wants to spend less money because of the economy. Dandy Queens proves that gender doesn’t describe just how tough someone is, but does offer facts that timeless style is the way to go.

 

blackattitude-6Photo: Blackattitude | Prisca M. Monnier

 

Blackattitude has the full editorial with more images, but it is written in French, so pull out your Rosetta Stone before you dig too deep.

On the following pages, we offer some more fellow dapper dans and dandies for your consideration.

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Worldwide Wednesday, is an artist based out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He has been passionate about music ever since he was a kid, and through the years he had the opportunity to develop a following in the local scene, even sharing the stage with well-known artists like Lupe Fiasco and PnB Rock. What makes his music special is definitely the fact that it combines different moods and textures. It ranges from edgy vocal parts, down to punchy beats with a groove-driven feel. More importantly, the lyrics and verses often have a very personal twist, dealing with the artist’s own life experiences, hopes, dreams, and expectations. Worldwide Wednesday recently dropped a new project titled “Talk to Me.” It sets the bar higher in terms of genre definitions and sonic aesthetics, going for a modern lo-fi sound but also bringing more melody to the mix, in line with some edgy R&B influences and even some old-school era rap.

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Rapper Clay James and Fashion Designer Darius “KD” Graham link back up to launch Bliss Clothing Company’s “Black Collection“ | @WhoIsClayJames

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Rapper Clay James and Fashion Designer Darius “KD” Graham link back up to launch Bliss Clothing Company’s “Black Collection“

Bliss first launched in 2007 by Darius “KD” Graham as a skate company, because KD was heavy into skating and graphic designing. These two things provided him with his BLISS, which by definition means perfect happiness; great joy. The logo consists of crossed skate wheel trucks with a yellow halo on top accompanied by wheels in green, purple, red, and blue. Green represents money, purple is royalty, red signifies power, and blue stands for loyalty. In 2010, KD linked up with Clay James and the two became business partners. Together they’ve had placements on the tv show X-Factor, BET, VH1, and MTV. Some notable people to wear the brand have been MGK, Mary Mary, Travis Porter, Roscoe Dash, Domani Harris, Malaysia Pargo, Bambi, K.Camp, Sy Ari Da Kid, & many more. The brand took a short hiatus because Clay was pursuing his music career and KD was operating a thriving graphic design business called DNA Customs, but now the two have relaunched the brand with a “Black Collection” all of their top selling items have been released in black for a limited time only.

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