Dec 1969 I was seven years old and already loving fashion! For Fashion Week 2010, I salute & honor Diana Vreeland of VOGUE & Everett Mattlin of GQ for honoring the contributions & influence of African Culture on the world of fashion!
DECEMBER 1969 VOGUE SPECIAL ISSUE $1
Cover: Surprise from Courreges that’s all snow and glow for Christmas:
The simplest sleeveless white wool jersey dress with its own spectacular jewel of a collar–a shining brass turtleneck that starts under the arms and curves up to the chin, framing the face in a dazzle of reflected light.
At Bonwit Teller
Photo: Irving Penn
Sakowitz; I. Magnin
The coiffure, by Carita.
KIRDIS of Cameroon
By Mary Roblee Henry
It was quite refreshing to stumble upon this issue of VOGUE after all these years. I remember, at seven years of age, the impact seeing one of the most ancient civilizations in the world featured between the covers of VOGUE had on me, and how I perceived myself in the world. In these rare photos, Irving Penn shows us the beauty of the jeweled adorned bodies of the Kirdis in which they avert evil as they “still live in concert with their own fantastic universe.”
-Seraglio of Oudjila
Splendid in their ornamental headdress and jewels, seven of the wives and daughters, left, of the cheiftain of the Podokwo tribe, who, influenced by Western mores, insisted on their posing partly clothed.
-Warriors and Virgins
of the Guider tribe who dance to flute and drum at the Festival of the Harvest in the village of Lam. Graceful, lithe, each girl carries a threshing tool. The young men their ankles bound in iron rings, their hunting spears flying fur, wear plumes above their cowrie-shell masks.
April 1969 when I was six years old, I came across this issue of GQ. Being the impeccable dresser that my father still is, it’s no surprise to me that I was exposed to men’s fashion at such a young age. It was a rare occasion for me to see Africans connected to fashion, and so this issue of GQ made a profound impression on me.
APRIL 1968 GQ $1.25
Cover: The Masai are an East African tribe of great dignity, serenity and humor. It is the latter, perhaps, that convinced this Masai moran, or warrior, in a village some 120 miles from Nairobi, to wear an American summer fashion: a pullover cotton hopsack shirt with a bright and cheerful primitive print. By Catalina Martin, About $11. Browning Fifth Ave., N.Y.
-MASAILAND choose TURTLENECK, Even in Masailand the choice is the turtleneck. For this formal reception the turtle soups-up a French-cuffed dinner shirt of silvery blue rayon, nylon and–to make the evening sparkle–metallic thread. By Prince Ferrari. About $27.50. At Kallen’s, New York. The dinner jacket is by After Six. Continue reading