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Men of Color: Fashion, History, Fundamentals Hardcover – November 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan; illustrated edition edition (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579651127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579651121
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Though very slick in appearance and presentation, this book is actually a history of black men in America, their style variation and self-expression in a nation that has offered few venues for such. The popularity of black male sports and entertainment figures has brought attention to the way they dress. Yet, we've seldom seen writers of color reflect on the topics of fashion and race. This book reveals the substantial influence of black men on the fashion industry, if for no other reason than the rebel role that has so often been assigned to black men who couldn't find acceptance in the culture, e.g., the contributions the hip-hop style on fashion as well as music. The book includes interviews with or essays by several prominent black men, including Cornel West, Bryant Gumbel, Ed Bradley, Jesse Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson and LL Cool J. Readers interested in U.S. fashion history and the interplay with race and politics will enjoy this book. Vernon Ford

From the Back Cover

What women are saying about MEN OF COLOR:

"He doesn't take fashion too seriously. He doesn't follow the rules. Whether matching from head-to-toe or sporting every color under the sun, he always seems to be having a good time.,you go, boy!" - TYRA BANKS

"From the eroticization of the big, bulky body, as represented by Heavy D or "Biggy" Smalls, to the cross-culture play of Jean-Michel Basquiat, living on the downlow yet wearing his Armani, Black male style transcends class and pulls folks in, seducing because it ain't got no boundaries. It's frontier-wear, ready for the future." - BELL HOOKS

"Sisters have always known that brothers can dress! I'm so thankful Lloyd Boston has brought it all together in Men of Color. From his expert style advice to the hundreds of beautiful photos, this is the book for every man in your life." - PATTI LABELLE

-Interviews and portraits of such notables as Samuel L. Jackson, Tyson Beckford, Jesse Jackson, Savion Glover, George Benson, Isaac Hayes, Bryant Gumbel, Billy Dee Williams, Ahmad Bashad, Reggie Miller, Cornel West, Maxwell, Wynton Marsalis, and Sean "Puffy" Combs

-Contributing essays from such fashion-industry writers as Constance C.R. White (The New York Times) and David Thigpen (Time)

-Foreword by Quincy Jones

-Introduction by Andre Leon Talley

-Straightforward advice on how to evaluate menswear, care for leather goods and accessories, incorporate ethnic elements into traditional dress, and develop individual style through use of color, pattern, and texture

-Source listing and size charts

-300 full-color photographs, both original and archival


More About the Author

Lloyd Boston has built his reputation as America's favorite "Style Guy" and Lifestyle TV Host. He is currently the host of his own style show, Closet Cases, on Fine Living Network (debuting top of 2009). Millions of TV viewers from Oprah and NBC Today, to The View and CNN American Morning regularly follow Lloyd's simple style philosophy that Less is Modern.

For nearly a decade, Lloyd Boston has been a regular contributor and style editor to NBC's Today Show with close to 150 celebrated appearances. Lloyd is also a popular guest contributor to ABC's The View; and his focused broadcast journalist work with NY's Emmy nominated Full Frontal Fashion has made him a leading voice of New York Fashion Week for nearly 10 seasons strong.

A man of style and substance, Lloyd is also the author of three coveted style books: his first and LA Times best-seller Men of Color (Artisan); followed by Make Over Your Man (Doubleday); and his latest book, which he also illustrated, Before You Put That On (Simon and Schuster); his two latest books have been featured along with Lloyd on Oprah.

He is an original alum host of E! Entertainment's STYLE Network where he began as a regular style sidekick on their highest-rated The Look for Less; in addition to hosting two of his own series, Style Essentials and Runway.

Lloyd's accelerated rise through fashion television has made him one of the most trusted and recognizable style experts with over 30 appearances on network and cable television shows combined from Tyra, Extra, and The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet; to Nick at Night, HSN, and CNN Oscar Red Carpet Coverage.

In 2007, Lloyd Boston teamed up with the global mega-brand Jones New York as their first-ever male spokesperson and exclusive "style guy". In this role, Lloyd travels the country touching the lives of countless women through personal appearances, style clinics and his online fashion forum.

Named one of Crain Magazine's esteemed "Forty Under Forty", Lloyd Boston is the former VP of Art Direction for Tommy Hilfiger where he worked for a decade before transitioning into a regular national event spokesperson for both Hilfiger and Lenscrafters. In like fashion, Lloyd has been a style lecturer to numerous brands including Giorgio Armani, American Express, American Airlines, Johnson & Johnson and Yahoo!

Lloyd Boston's writings and style philosophy have been featured in numerous publications including: Elle, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, InStyle, O Magazine, People, Real Simple and The Wall Street Journal.

For more on Lloyd, visit LLOYDBOSTON.COM.

Customer Reviews

I received the book as a gift from my fiancee and have treasured this book ever since.
Eric E. Boone
There is also a wwealth of information concerning the styles highlighted along with information about the person pictured.
Pamela J. Brown
My favorite interview is when Mr. Boston speaks with Jesse Jackson on youth culture and fashion.
Stephanie Scott

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Scott on January 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
After reading and reading and reading Lloyd Boston's book "Men of Color: Fashion, Historyi, Fundamentals", I can honestly say that I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is a source of reference to me when I buy gifts for the special men in my life or when they are unsure of how to buy for themselves. It is a conversation piece with all who enter my home. We reminisce about the pictures and ooh and ahh over beauty held within the pictures. My favorite interview is when Mr. Boston speaks with Jesse Jackson on youth culture and fashion. Thanks to Mr.Boston for the picture of Tyson Beckford and the other fine men!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Men of Color is an extraordinary acknowledgement of the fashion standards set by Black Men in this century. If you appreciate the value of books that celebrates the African American Man, then you'll love the work LLoyd Boston put into this beautiful book. The Fashions are avant grade.In every aspect of life the influence of fashion trends and style unique to our culture is powerfully presented.
The History makes for heart warming reflections. The photographs are absolutely to die for, Matthew Jordan Smith really works magic in capturing the true essence of the male mystic.
Fundamentals makes for valuable information for everybody. If you use it as shopping guide for gifts or simply to establish a style guide line for wardrobe choices Men of Color is a necessity.
The interviews provide the reader keen insights on style preferences from our favorite personalities. The entire book cover to cover is Magnificent...
Every "Sister" knows there is nothing more majestic than the sight of a well groomed and well dressed Black Man. His presence is powerful without him uttering a single word. It just dosen't get any "FINER" than that...
I salute LLOYD BOSTON for this dynamic tribute that celebrates our legacy and MEN OF COLOR all around the world
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is NOT a fashion book as the understated subtitle suggests. Instead, I am looking at a GALLERY of fine Black men throughout the ages with their "fashions" being very secondary.
This book is filled with WONDERFUL color and black and white photos of Black men -- famous and unknown, past and present. This book is monumentally political for it demonstrates why the Black man is loved, hated, feared, hunted, and reverenced throughout the world! This book is a job well-done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric E. Boone on April 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is simply amazing. I received the book as a gift from my fiancee and have treasured this book ever since. First, the photographs are amazing, pleasant, and necessary reminders of the way stylish men of color have shaped style and fashion over the years. Second, there is the instructional aspect of the book that covers matters outside of clothing and which I can't say enough about. After reading the section of the book that dealt with hair and skin care, I was motivated to go buy shaving soap and shaving brush and dispense with the shaving gel. Thanks to Lloyd Boston and this book I have had the best shaving experiences of my life. I can't say how necessary this book is for the many black men who go through the drama of ingrown facial hair. I have less drama than most in that department, but I have still seen a remarkable improvement in my skin, as would any man after following the book's advice. The book even arms you with the necessary vocabulary to navigate your way around a men's shop with ease. There is even instructions on how to do the perfect shoe shine! And as Lloyd Boston points out, well-shined shoes are the best complement to any wardrobe. So,to sum up this book, it is NECESSARY! It is necessary for any stylish man and any man who strives to be so. It is more than worth the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I thought the book was excellent. It artfully combines historical content with practical advice that any African American male can use. I always thought it took a lot of money to look great. But using this book as a guide definitely helped.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The author has presented an excellent idea in a colorful, picture studded, volume that includes interviews with some of the world's most handsome and best dressed black men. Presenting black male fashion and style through pictures and words, while simultaneously tutoring the reader on appropriate tailoring, this item deserves a place on the bookshelf of any person interested in capturing the richness of the African American experience ... or any reader wanting to examine an honest overview of one facet of American fashion. One of a kind ... and superbly done.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 1999
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THIS GREAT COMPULATION OF STYLE AND THE AFRO AMERICAN MAN IS DEFFINATELY A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. IT IS IMPARATIVE THAT THE WORLD REMEMBERS US AS THE INOVATORS IN FASHION AND IN HISTORY. THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH US YOUR TREMENDOUS SINCE OF STYLE AND ALL THE VALUABLE HISTORY ABOUT "MEN OF COLOR" MICHAEL NEWELL MENSWEAR DESIGNER / CHICAGO, ILL.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1998
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I thought this book was exciting! It lit up the best & some of the worst male fashions from the past century. The interviews & photos make this a great coffee-table book.
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