In late September, I arrived home from work to find my copy of Vintage Black Glamour waiting in my living room. This was truly a welcome treat after a stressful week. As a follower of the Vintage Black Glamour blog, I could not wait to peek inside. The book was printed in London, so it took some time to reach the United States but it was truly worth waiting for. I love everything about it.
Just think back to the days when ladies were exquisitely put together from head to toe. Her hair was neatly coiffed, her dress was pressed, her makeup was perfectly set and her gloves were always close by. With just one look, it was easy to see the quiet, elegance that each woman conveyed.
This isn’t an admonishment to the ladies we see today; this was simply a different period in our history — yet it really wasn’t that long ago. I was a little girl who was trying to figure out how to remove my gloves when I got to church without causing too much trouble. After a few stern looks I knew what to do. Now that I am an adult, I cannot stop looking at pictures from those days.
Keeping this era of elegance alive for us today is Nichelle Gainer, author of the book Vintage Black Glamour. It rests on my coffee table, along with a few other favorite items. Among the pictures of the beautiful women featured in this book, you will find performing legends Lena Horne and Josephine Premice who were born in Brooklyn. A biography is also included with each entry.
If you are looking for a great holiday gift, or that perfect coffee table book to add to your collection, I highly recommend this one. For those of you who are close to me, you can guess what you will be receiving for the holidays!
Vintage Black Glamour by Nichelle Gainer