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From sneakers to leather jackets, a bold, witty, and deeply personal dive into Black America s closet In this highly engaging book, fashionista and pop culture expert Tanisha C Ford investigates Afros and dashikis, go go boots and hotpants of the sixties, hip hop s baggy jeans and bamboo earrings, and the BlackLivesMatter inspired hoodies of today.The history of these garments is deeply intertwined with Ford s story as a black girl coming of age in a Midwestern rust belt city She experimented with the Jheri curl discovered how wearing the wrong color tennis shoes at the roller rink during the drug and gang wars of the 1980s could get you beaten and rocked oversized, brightly colored jeans and Timberlands at an elite boarding school where the white upper crust wore conservative wool shift dresses Dressed in Dreams is a story of desire, access, conformity, and black innovation that explains things like the importance of knockoff culture the role of ghetto fabulous full length furs and colorful leather in the 1990s how black girls make magic out of a dollar store t shirt, rhinestones, and airbrushed paint and black parents emphasis on dressing nice Ford talks about the pain of seeing black style appropriated by the mainstream fashion industry and fashion s power, especially in middle America In this richly evocative narrative, she shares her lifelong fashion revolution from figuring out her own personal style to discovering what makes Midwestern fashion a real thing too.


10 thoughts on “Dressed in Dreams

  1. Janet Janet says:

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.From sneakers to leather jackets, a bold, witty, and deeply personal dive into Black America s closetIn this highly engaging book, fashionista and pop culture expert Tanisha C Ford investigates Afros and dashikis, go go boots and hotpants of the sixties, hip hop s baggy jeans and bamboo earrings, and the BlackLivesMatter inspired hoodies of today.The history of these garments is deeply intertwined with Ford s story as a black girl coming of age in a Midwestern rust belt city She experimented with the Jheri curl discovered how wearing the wrong colour tennis shoes at the roller rink during the drug and gang wars of the 1980s could get you beaten and rocked oversized, brightly coloured jeans and Timberlands at an elite boarding school where the white upper crust wore conservative wool shift dresses.Dressed in Dreams is a story of desire, access, conformity, and black innovation that explains things like the importance of knockoff culture the role of ghetto fabulous full length furs and colorful leather in the 1990s how black girls make magic out of a dollar store t shirt, rhinestones, and airbrushed paint and black parents emphasis on dressing nice Ford talks about the pain of seeing black style appropriated by the mainstream fashion industry and fashion s power, especially in middle America In this richly evocative narrative, she shares her lifelong fashion revolution from figuring out her own personal style to discovering what makes Midwestern fashion a real thing too.This was a fascinating book I had zero ideas that black fashion was such a thing, being white and Canadian and happy to just find size fashions that fit and don t make me look like a 70 year old snowbird wearing sweats and a patterned shirt side note ELOQUII delivers to Canada I adored this book it was so well written and researched that I am going to make it a book club pick I can see and hear the fashion discussions already as we are a very diverse group of women financially and fashion wise It is fun to google and see examples of fashion in the presented examples this was just a hypnotizing read As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis outside of their incessant use by Millenials on Instagram and Twitter so let s give it


  2. Beverlee Beverlee says:

    I think it s easy for some people to dismiss fashion as an exaltation of excess capitalism, a waste of money, a glaring lack of modesty and humility I beg to differ fashion is an outward expression of personal style, a way to set self apart from the crowd or show unity as a group, even as an act of protest in a society that doesn t view you as capable, human, beautiful as you are Tanisha Ford traces her style development from the very beginning as a dashiki family in a Dickies town to an evolution that crossed paths with baggy jeans, Timberland boots, Wave Nouveau hair, leather jackets, and knee high boots Tennis shoes, afro puffs, bamboo earrings, short shorts, hoodies, and designer handbags are woven into this thing called life, not only as status symbols or acquisitions, but a representation of personal growth Ford s writing is accessible to any reader, it lacks the pretentiousness that is often found in academic writing I like that she was upfront with admitting that she was privileged to be on trend , not an easy task in town that was plagued by job loss and drug addiction I especially admire that she recognized that she needed to find her voice, not be a carbon copy of someone else, which reflects the journey of a countless number of people me included Favorite passages comes from Knee High Boots chapter being fast had as much to do with the fact some adults feared that your curiosity about grown folks dealings was too dangerous for your own good, a curiosity that would render the adults powerless to protect you from the world Some also feared you would outpace them in life, learn , experience And if you did that, how could they communicate with you, relate to you, manage you, control you So they hurled out words like fast, which stung when they hit so out of their own fear and insecurities than as a way to name our bad behavior Some folks would rather throw us girls away than grapple with their own brokenness 139 Afro Puff chapter my hair, my dress was a narrative It told a story of my journey 204 Designer Handbag epilogue it wasn t about the material items themselves, it was about the hard fought journey to financial stability, the feeling of being starved of your desires for most of your life and then finally having the access, finally being able to indulge 240.


  3. Never Without a Book™ Never Without a Book™ says:

    Black fashion has made its place in fashion history from Afros and dashikis to baggie jeans and hooped earrings Dressed in Dreams by Tanisha C Ford is a book that all black girls should read In this memoir Ford tells her coming of age story through fashion and pop culture This book brought back so many memories for me especially the early 90 s The music, fashion trends and the history behind it all I couldn t put this book down Well written and researched it s a must read Thank you, St Martin s Press, for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review 5 out of 5


  4. M R M R says:

    I get it I understand it While the author and I didn t quite have the same timeframe and cultural fashion cache this book and the tales of fashions within were quite familiar I was reminded of growing up and not being able to wear Nike of any sort because my mom recalled sensational news stories of people being robbed, jumped and even killed for their Jordans I was reminded of that feeling of being grown up when I went to Value City and bought a pair of Nike gym shoes with my own money, but also that feeling of being afraid that my mom would chastise me and my dad for allowing it for buying the forbidden brand I was taken back to being in New York for the first time in 2006 and going to the Carol s Daughter store in Brooklyn and feeling hip and in the know about natural hair care when I saw it on the shelves of Sephora when I came back home to Chicago I also remember feeling a little perplexed by what to do with my natural hair while also feeling like a pioneer on my HBCU campus because I was one of only a handful of girls with a TWA when I started my freshman year, but then a wizened elder by the time I graduated four years later and saw so many of peers rocking their natural texture and asking me what I did or sharing their feelings of inspiration in my choice I m still only rocking the same 3 styles with my natural hair, but that has to do with my general disdain of hair than anything else, ha When Tanisha talks about being in her mother s closet and what a clotheshorse her mom is, I m reminded of my own mother, with multiple closets full of clothes and the things I saw and coveted as a young child Some of those things have come to me now that I m old enough, things like her gold jewelry because she s moved onto silver and others I will never see again because my mother didn t hold onto her fabulous pieces even though she knew she had a little diva of a daughter coming behind her Towards the end Tanisha talks about being in a Louis Vuitton store and how the impostor syndrome takes root and can make you feel unworthy of being in the place, even though your money is just as green, or how you feel like you must be the perfect, cautious, overly everything shopper in order to overcome racist and classicist stereotypes that have affected Black people and POC from Oprah to young workers with their tax refund I thought of all the times I ve donned that mask or played the role in order to get through an encounter and feel worthy of also being able to belong in the capitalist system and spend my money just as frivolously as the white girl next to me I was transported back to Costa Rica and crying on a bus while headed into the mountains and jungle after hearing that George Zimmerman would face no jail time for the senseless killing of Trayvon Martin and the way that the hoodie began to symbolize something for me What a thoughtful exploration of Black fashion and culture The only thing I will say is that I felt like some of the descriptions of people were a little unnecessarily mean girl in a way that I can t quite put my finger on, but rubbed me the wrong way a little Thankfully, these moments were few and far between and I m thankful for the opportunity to reflect on fashion and style in this way.


  5. Ebony Ebony says:

    Dr Ford s Dressed in Dreams is a trip down memory lane Yes, it s her autobiography through fashion, but it also became mine as I remembered the fashion choices I made during those same years and the wars I had with my mother over what I wanted to wear and the still very real struggle of what to do with my hair I m also an Indiana girl but hailing from the big city of Indianapolis with slightly different experiences Finding the differences was the beauty of the book Some stories invite you in As the reader, you want to be all up in the writer s world This one made me want to remember mine It was a nice change of pace Ford is adept at contextualiaing her childhood through fashion in ways that allow readers to remember their own 80s and 90s Also, I admit that Ford and I went to college together so a lot of the fun was remembering details from when were on campus together, noting details from her life that I knew were missing, and learning details from her life that I didn t know Whether you know the author or not Whether you re from the midwest or not If you re a woman and you worse clothes in the 80s and 90s, then you re gonna love the memories that come with dressed in dreams.


  6. Angela Angela says:

    A lovely blend of personal memoir and fashion nostalgia.


  7. Mandy Mandy says:

    Dressed in Dreams is a perfect blend of memoir, fashion, pop culture, and history Tanisha C Ford walks readers through her life, telling of the popular fashion trends that she embraced as well as introducing the special individuals and culture that influenced her style Wholly original in both concept and execution, Tanisha C Ford s book is a beautiful celebration of black women However, anyone who treasures clothes, hair, and accessories will delight in this thoughtful book.I received a free copy of this book from St Martin s Press through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.


  8. Dusti Bontempo Dusti Bontempo says:

    This book, a mesh of a coming of age story and fashion history textbook, is a cool way to show how fashion changes and molds us while also defining our roles and class It is written beautifully almost poetically.Although it was clear in several passages that I am not the target audience for this book, I found that I could relate to at least 75% of the fashion and brands named in the book I grew up in the same factory town as Ford names it and even went to the same high school We were a year apart, but the fashion, songs, and sentiments were all the same This book spans Ford s life through the clothing, music, and ideals that were popular at the time from dashikis to blacklivesmatter She describes not only how they affected her life, but also how they came to be, and a little bit about how they related to her culture I enjoyed the nostalgia I felt through the discussion of the designs, labels, and stores I also wore and loved, but I was a bit thrown off by the back and forth of timelines It seemed to want to go chronologically, but would somehow go from present to past, and then back again quite a bit.Overall, it s an interesting read.


  9. Dre Dre says:

    Each time we stand before our closet to pick out our clothes, we make a series of choices about how we want to appear before the world This is just as true for people who claim not to care about clothes as it is for self proclaimed fashionistas It s because we recognize that the way we adorn ourselves communicates something about who we are and where we come from Dressed in Dreams a Black Girl s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion by Tanisha C Ford has easily been one of my favorite reads so far this year Part history lesson in style, part coming of age tale, Dressed in Dreams lures readers into the world of a Midwestern Black Girl defining herself one wardrobe choice at a time.The title bearing the words love letter is so fitting, as Ford shares an ode to the Jheri Curl, makes honorable mention of the Dopemans, head nods baggy jeans, and gives three snaps for the beloved bamboo earrings Each reference of course, is accompanied by a personal story that shaped Ford s identity as a black woman in some way And while devouring each story, I was reminded of how much of who we are is observed through our garments I enjoyed this book so much Ford knew how fashion shaped our lives and how we as black people use fashion as a form of self expression in the most creative ways I smiled as I read each essay, reminiscing on my own fashion stories and how the thought of my skating rink attire at 15 brought back so many memories And while the author and I may not have had the exact same experiences, I could relate to many of the sentiments she expressed Every pair of doorknockers I ve purchased, every pair of baggy POLO jeans I was passed down, and every hairstyle I tried throughout the years helped me realize the woman I wanted to be and gave me the power to control the version of myself I proudly displayed Thank you Tanisha C Ford for sharing your stories with us Special thank you to St Martin s Press and Netgalley for a copy of this read in exchange for an honest review.


  10. Sara G Sara G says:

    ARC received from St Martin s Press and NetGalley in exchange for honest review, opinions are all my own Thank you The title really sums up what this book is all about, a love letter to the power of fashion and how it shapes peoples lives The author leads us through how it helped to influence and shape her life life but she does a great job of showing how fashion affects culture as a whole Also cultures affect on fashion, from music to movie and television.Each chapter for the book is dedicated to a specific piece of fashion and its affect on society at that time I really liked how the author also spends a good amount of time talking about the history of the fashion I know all the fashion that she mentioned but to learn its history was really a nice touch, showing how much the author loves fashion and the impact that it has had on her life.It may be a love letter but it doesn t shy away from the negative aspect of fashion Not just for how society judges black women s fashion and when white women wear that same fashion but to how the choice of a single piece of clothing that everyone likely has in their closet can be seen as a threat or just a fashion statement, depending on who is wearing it.I highly recommend Dressed in Dreams.