When it comes to American fashion, it is hard not to mention the illustrious Harlem Renaissance.
This glorious art movement was an integral moment in time during the early 20th century when there was an exciting cultural resurgence of everything from exciting music and dance to inspiring style and literature centered at the heart of Upper Manhattan.
While this time has come and gone, the unique allure and glamour of the fashion that came from it live on.
“Good Morning America” tapped fashion and costume historian Shelby Ivey Christie to highlight a few of the era’s most standout styles.
Ahead, see, learn and shop a few of these timeless Harlem Renaissance-inspired ensembles that can be worn today, tomorrow and forever.
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Through the years, fur coats have continued to be an aspirational piece for Black women. Prominent figures such as Josephine Baker and many others would be seen wearing the highly coveted topper. While many Black families were initially held back from owning property by Federal Load Codes, alternative items such as fur coats became a stylish way to showcase personal and generational accomplishments. It’s also a beloved item that’s still often passed down in many Black families.
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The famed Londo drape suits of the early 1930s were a go-to style that features a broad padded shoulder and nipped waist look — giving the upper body a V-shaped look. Initially popularized by the Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII, it