Crowns : portraits of Black women in church hats / Michael Cunningham, Craig Marberry; foreword by Maya Angelou.

by Cunningham, Michael, 1969 February 27-Looking glass; Marberry, CraigLooking glass.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2000]Edition: First edition.Description: 212 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0385500866.Subject(s): African American women -- Clothing | African American women -- Religion | Women's hats -- United States | United States -- Religious life and customsLooking glass | United States -- Social life and customsLooking glass
List(s) this item appears in: International Women's day | Maya Angelou
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Countless black women would rather attend church naked than hatless. For these women, a church hat, flamboyant as it may be, is no mere fashion accessory;nbsp;nbsp;it's a cherished African American custom, one observed with boundless passion by black women of various religious denominations. A woman's hat speaks long before its wearer utters a word.nbsp;nbsp;It's what Deirdre Guion calls "hattitude...there's a little more strut in your carriage when you wear a nice hat. There's something special about you." If a hat says a lot about a person, it says even more about a people-the customs they observe, the symbols they prize, and the fashions they fancy.

Photographer Michael Cunningham beautifully captures the self-expressions of women of all ages-from young glamorous women to serene but stylish grandmothers. Award-winning journalist Craig Marberry provides an intimate look at the women and their lives. Together they've captured a captivating custom, this wearing of church hats, a peculiar convergence of faith and fashion that keeps the Sabbath both holy and glamorous.

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Craig Marberry, a former TV reporter, is the owner of a video production company and has written articles for The Washington Post and Essence magazine. He live in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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