Last year when Oprah opened her school in South Africa, a fashion writer friend of mine was asked to write about the uniforms because they were green. Her editor said, “You know black people don’t look good in green.” I thought that was pretty ridiculous. Then, I ran into this passage from the 1964 edition of the Dritz Guide to Modern Sewing.
Most Negroes have the same colored hair and eyes. But, their skin tones have every color in the rainbow in them: red, blue, green and yellow. Negroes can wear vivid colors because high shades are most becoming, just as they are to brunettes. Contrasts of pure white are most dramatic with ebony skin tones, as are pale blue, pink, and lavender. All the blues are lovely on those with red-purple or purple-blue skin undertones. We found that the one color most Negroes had to avoid was green, particularly a yellowish green.
Oh. My bad.
I’m not taking the passage above seriously at all. I actually find it kind of amusing. It also got me thinking about color. I’ve had people ask me how a color looks on them. I am useless.
The concept of not looking good in a color doesn’t make sense to me. So, I can give no feedback. There is no color I can’t wear. I don’t like myself in black, but I don’t think I look bad in it. My dad won’t wear red because of a comment made to him when he was a kid about it looking… country. In LA (I‘m going to keep saying LA until the glow wears off. Just a warning) another brown skin participant fretted that white was too much of a contrast. I reminded her the Michael Knight from Project Runway famously said, ‘black people look hot in white.” But, I think the author is partly right, I like how I look in pale blue, lavender and pink.
At any rate, this dress is really for Christina and AJ in Scotland. Christina shamed me about this UFO by asking what was going on with it in LA. AJ told me months ago she liked green and I told her I had a green dress in the works.
If you recall, I started the Panama dress back in December when I was planning my January trip to Panama. The stupid invisible zipper broke over the piping and I put it away until I could get a regular zipper and learn how to install it.
There are several things I am proud of with this dress.
I took special care to match the prints and I pieced the border print to make the waist band (inspired by Summerset’s version.).
The headwrap I’m practicing. I’m loaning some dresses for a fashion show this summer. I wanted to show that you could use ethnic prints without looking costumey. Well, I also have the day off and it was enough for me to put on makeup for photos so, I covered up the hair.