Monica L. Miller


On her book Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity

Cover Interview of October 15, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“How black people, once slaves to fashion, have made fashion their slave.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Blackness is itself a sign of diaspora, of a cosmopolitanism that African subjects did not choose, but from which they necessarily reimagined themselves ... black dandyism is an interpretation and materialization of the complexity of this cosmopolitanism.”

On the second:

“Though often considered fools, hopelessly caught up in the world of fashion, dandies actually appear in periods of social, political and cultural transition, telling us much about cultural politics through their attitude and appearance.”