Classically Tailored: Tamu Curtis of Classic Black Cinema Tees
This article was originally published by Shonette Reed on shonettereed.com.
In the 21st-century, more people are pulling from influences within their own culture rather than focusing on what has been pushed our way.
It’s often that we see the faces of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe on classic tees, but what about the Golden Age of Film women of color?
Featuring the faces of Josephine Baker, Dorothy Dandridge, Eartha Kitt and Lena Horne, Classic Black Cinema Tees has made it her mission to celebrate iconic beauty, grace and talent.
Tamu Curtis, the creator of the line Classic Black Cinema Tees, was inspired by her father who is a black film historian. Her father curates the long-standing Classic Black Cinema Series in Charlotte, N.C.
The line reflects a bold and edgy style while maintaining a comfortable and classy look. Curtis’ goal is to elevate beyond the basic tee and move into luxury essentials.
Curtis designed the line to put classic black women at the forefront in the world of fashion. The line displays women who during their time were considered the most captivating, beautiful and talented women in the world and whose careers were hindered due to the racial attitudes in our country.
“Hollywood always and still has a direct influence on the culture around the world through cinema. Film stars, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Rita Hayworth have consistently been idolized and promoted as the standard of Hollywood beauty and grace and we want our line to challenge women to start wearing t-shirts with Dorothy instead of Marilyn, Eartha instead of Audrey, Josephine instead of Rita. We hope they accept this challenge,” said Tamu Curtis
Curtis was fortunate enough to grow up in a household that educated her on the black women film stars of the 1900s and on, and aims to share that with her customers.