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    Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats

    by Michael Cunningham, Craig Marberry

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    • Release date: October 31, 2000
    • ISBN: 9780385500869 (0385500866)
    • Format: hardcover, 224 pages
    • Language: english
    • Publisher: Doubleday
    • Author: Michael Cunningham, Craig Marberry
    • Genres: photography, art, religion, fashion

    About The Book

    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;  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.  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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