New Memoir ‘Dressed In Dreams’ Celebrates Black Women’s Fashion

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Fashion historian Tanisha C. Ford joined the Morning Shift to talk about her new book "Dressed in Dreams A Black Girl's Love Letter to the Power of Fashion." Courtesy of Nadea Mina
Tanisha C. Ford headshot
Fashion historian Tanisha C. Ford joined the Morning Shift to talk about her new book "Dressed in Dreams A Black Girl's Love Letter to the Power of Fashion." Courtesy of Nadea Mina

New Memoir ‘Dressed In Dreams’ Celebrates Black Women’s Fashion

Fashion historian Tanisha C. Ford’s new book, Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl’s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion, is a coming of age story of her life in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Clothes are never just garments. And Ford writes about hip hop’s baggy jeans, how wearing the wrong color gym shoes could get you beaten up and how black style is appropriated by the mainstream fashion industry. She spoke to WBEZ’s Natalie Moore for more on her new book and how her personal style has evolved over the years.

Tanisha C. Ford
Fashion historian Tanisha C. Ford in 1993 at age 14. Courtesy of Tanisha C. Ford
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WBEZ race, class and communities reporter Natalie Moore. Courtesy of Natalie Moore

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