Vintage Black Glamour uses elegance as a tool for social commentary: By focusing the personal and professional accomplishments of her subjects, and providing plenty of context, Gainer has turned what could have easily been a bourgeois manifesto into a meaningful project.
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Vintage Black Glamour: Gentlemen’s Quarters has the same lush silk cloth cover and sumptuously printed pages as the original Vintage Black Glamour, and is just as desirable. Alongside profiles and photographs of world-renowned Black stars such as Duke Ellington, Sidney Poitier and Muhammed Ali, Vintage Black Glamour: Gentlemen’s Quarters —like the first book—contains biographies and images of less-known but hugely influential artists.

Gentlemen’s Quarters includes pioneering photographer Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris, Flournoy Miller, the writer behind the original Broadway version of “Shuffle Along” the first black musical on Broadway, the magnetic 70s actor, Calvin Lockhart and many, many others. Their stories — often neglected in mainstream histories of their profession — are revealed in this groundbreaking book.










The original, highly acclaimed, silk-covered edition of Vintage Black Glamour. Packed with rarely seen photographs of Black actors, models, writers and entertainers of the early part of the 20th century, many of whom have been sorely neglected—until now—it was judged by to be one of their top ten books to buy & keep.

Alongside profiles and the photographs of world-renowned Black stars such as Josephine Baker, Dorothy Dandridge and Diana Ross are less-known but hugely important artists such as opera singer Margaret Tynes, Cotton Club star Margot Webb, pioneering model Ophelia De Vore, and many, many more.



A two book Vintage Black Glamour gift set. A copy of both the special editions of Vintage Black Glamour and Vintage Black Glamour: Gentlemen’s Quarters, presented in a classic black hard slipcase with gold foiling.



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