February 29, 2012

Celebrating Black History Through Fashion: The Phi Beta Sigma Ball

This photo was submitted by Attorney Andrea Harvey of Harvey Law Office and dates back to 1974. 

Here is Andrea's description of this definitive moment in time:

This photo was taken of my parents when they were in college. In the Fall of 1974, the chapter of Phi Beta Sigma at Albany State University (then College) campus had a 'ball.' My father, being a Sigma and the coordinator of the event, invited my mother the Freshman, as his date. My mother was so excited- she sewed her own dress. She has always been a seamstress at heart and enjoyed sewing for events such as this. They were so innocent...going to their first formal event together. That next year in June they got married! Since they didn't have a wedding, this is the only "dressed up" photo of them as a couple from that time. 
I think it's true "vintage." I mean, come on. My dad has a FLY (literally) bow tie and my mom's hair is reminiscent of Diana Ross and the Supremes. It has always been my favorite photo of them.

Although this image is unrestored, the pertinent details shine through: mom's soft bob hairstyle and colorblocked dress as well as dad's ruffle collar AND cuffs.

So young yet so sharp.

Thanks for sharing this family photo, Andrea!

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Blogger Shainna Tucker said...

lol his father better be a Sigma! but i love this. it definitely captures the times in fashion.


February 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM  

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