Rizzoli News

February 6, 2018

Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Rizzoli would like to pay tribute to the icons and movements that are the backbone of African American history, as well as those that represent the future. Below, we celebrate just a few of the artists and cultural figures we have had the honor to publish.


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Style shaped by African-Americans and the African Diaspora is embedded in our popular culture, and Black style, always fertile and innovative, has become ubiquitous. Elements of the style, from hoodies to large hoop earrings to sneakers for every occasion, are staples in just about every wardrobe today. Icons of Black style and taste, past and present, such as Josephine Baker, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Michelle Obama, Russell Westbrook, and Pharrell Williams, inspire and influence the way we look and dress today.
LEFT: Actor Pam Grier shot to stardom in the early 1970s when she starred in such films as Foxy Brown, Coffy, and Sheba, Baby. Blaxploitation movies, as they are sometimes called, were virtual runways of extravagant Seventies style. RIGHT: A modern take on Bantu knots originating in the Bantu communities of southern Africa.
How to Slay: Inspiration from the Queens and Kings of Black Style


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Redefining cool for a new generation, Pharrell Williams is a creative force. By playing off different disciplines—namely music, fashion, street art, and design—and using each as an element in the other, Pharrell has redefined the role of the contemporary recording artist, blazing a trail for other musicians and prominent cultural figures.
Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been


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Known for his oversize paintings of contemporary African-Americans in heroic poses inspired by the great portrait painters of the past, Kehinde Wiley’s clever and ironic “reversals” have provided rich commentary on the nature of race and power in our society. His work began primarily from photographs he took of young men on the street in Harlem that he remixed with a fusion of historic painting styles, including elements of the French rococo. In the last decade, he has become one of the most important artists of the moment, with work as relevant and resonant to the hip-hop generation as it is to high-end collectors and major museums.
Kehinde Wiley


Misty Copeland

Beginning her ballet studies at the late age of thirteen, Misty Copeland was performing professionally in just over a year. Only 4 years later, she was invited to join American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, becoming the company’s second ever African American female Soloist. When later promoted to principal dancer, she became the first African-American woman in this role in the company’s 75-year history. Copeland, who was often told her strongly-defined muscles did not fit the “ideal” ballerina body, is breaking down ballet’s racial and physical barriers, raising awareness for diversity in dance and for a more positive self-image.
Misty Copeland

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