Title: Dapper Dan: Made In Harlem
Author: Daniel R. Day
Format: Kindle ERC
Length: 304 Pages
Date Of Publication: July 9, 2019
Publisher: Random House Publishing
Rating: 5 Stars
The story of a legendary designer who pioneered high-end streetwear, from a storefront in Harlem to the red carpet in Hollywood, dressing everyone from Salt-N-Pepa and Eric B. & Rakim to Beyoncé and Jay-Z along the way.
With his now-legendary store on 125th Street in Harlem, Dapper Dan pioneered high-end streetwear in the early 1980s, remixing classic luxury-brand logos into his own flamboyant designs. But before reinventing fashion, he was a hungry boy with holes in his shoes, a teen who daringly gambled drug dealers out of their money, a young man in a prison cell who found nourishment in books, and, finally, a designer who broke barriers to outfit a whos-who of music, sport, and crime world celebrities in looks that went on to define an era.
By turns playful, poignant, and inspiring, and featuring two incredible eight-page color photo inserts, including the only existing, never-before-seen images of the notorious Mike Tyson-Mitch Green street fight, Dapper Dan's memoir is a high-stakes coming-of-age story, spanning more than seventy years and set against the backdrop of an ever-evolving America.
What People Are Saying...
There's so much to be said for Dapper Dan as a book.
Because just as it is the autobiographical narrative of one man's life. It is also the narrative of a people, Harlem, and a way of life.
In the formation or degradation of a society's population and growth as a whole. While never losing sight of fashions affect on all aspects of said population. It is very hard to read this book, and not fall in love with its author, his experiences, and his life. For his life in so many ways, echoes lives of so many others of color. Including myself. And all of this is even before the passion becomes an issue of note. Dan's rise to fame in the fashion world. Seems almost a separate entity from the tapestry of his life as a whole. But it is a beautiful sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes triumphant, and always brilliant story. Of how life changed a man. He changed fashion. And his fashion change the world.
About Daniel R. Day
Daniel “Dapper Dan” Day’s work has been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution, The Museum at FIT, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the City of New York, and London’s Design Museum. His eponymous boutique was open from 1982 to 1992, and reopened in 2017 in a major partnership with Gucci.
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