fashion night | modern black dandies

The Brooklyn Museum and Aperture Foundation team up to celebrate black men’s style as a form of personal politics with a night of fashion, film, and music. 

date Thu | Jun 1, 2017

date Brooklyn Museum

Marking the release of author Shantrelle P. Lewis’s new book, Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style, The Brooklyn Museum and Aperture Foundation throw a party to honor "black men’s style as a form of personal politics." 

"From Afro-Funk to the Jazz Age to the Hip-Hop era, black people have set the style and sound the world revolves around. And it’s certainly not because we follow the rules," Globetrotter's Roger Noel writes in his review of Lewis' show at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. "There's an innate sensibility some brothers have for elegance - an aesthetic sense, a part of our DNA, that sees clothing as a canvas for play and for self expression - a refusal to be boxed in by the binary strictures and western aesthetics sometimes so alien to our nature."

Click through here to read Roger's piece. 

Fashion, film and music collide and make use of all the galleries in the museum for this event, which hopes to "celebrate the art and style of black dandies, men of African descent who use fashion to define and inhabit a proud, radically independent public persona."

June 1, 2017
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Throughout the Museum

More info here

Shantrelle P. Lewis, author and curator
Darnell Moore, Editor-at-Large, Interactive One
Ignacio Quiles, Haberdasher, QP & Monty
Abiola Oke, CEO, Okayafrica.
Performances by DJ Sabine. Cash bar and refreshments available.
iscussion moderated by Rashid Shabazz, VP of Communications, Campaign for Black Male Achievement
Supported by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Okayafrica

Tickets are $16 ($14 for Members). Tickets with a copy of Lewis’s book are $50 ($45 for Members). To receive the Member discount code, email us at with your full name and Membership ID.