San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Black Style on Stage
Thursday, February 6, 2014
While the Apollo is known for its legendary performers, many of the performers who have graced the Apollo stage have been known for their trendsetting style.
Clara Ward, Little Richard, The Moments, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, LaBelle….. The list goes on.
In honor of the Apollo’s 80th birthday, this Live Wire event digs deep into our trove of colorized photos to uncover the depths of Black style as embodied by both well and lesser known performers. Black Style on Stage will look at clothes, costumes, hair and other style elements and the more intricate details of how performers presented themselves in pictures and on stage. From the classic, dapper suits and elegant décolletage of the 1940s and 50s, to the sultry silhouettes and funky ‘fros of the 1960s and 70s; from Moms Mabley’s colorful caps and housecoats to the prom queen-like dresses and coiffed hair of the Shirelles, Black Style on Stage will explore the looks that captured the moments and our imaginations. We’ll also explore the sometimes hidden messages that style conveys about an entertainer while discovering which of today’s celebrity artists are channeling style icons of the past.
Harlem’s own style & culture maven and Apollo archivist, Lana Turner, is our host with special guests:
Maurice Hines (star of stage, screen, television and Apollo legend)
Randal Jacobs (Curator and Creative Director)
Emilio Sosa (Costume Designer for “Motown the Musical”, "The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess", and Apollo Club Harlem)
The evening will feature a special installation designed by Randal Jacobs and an impromptu runway where audience members can pay tribute to their favorite Apollo style icon.
Join in on the discussion! Tweet us your questions at @ApolloEd using #ApolloLW and someone may answer them during the event!
About Live Wires:
Live Wire Discussions focus on topics pertinent to the Apollo Theater’s history and/or events that advance knowledge and appreciation of the Theater’s role in shaping American arts and entertainment. Discussions are linked to Apollo’s larger performing arts series and events, the Apollo Archives initiative and Apollo Hall of Fame inductions. Live Wire discussions are recorded and podcasts created in order to extend the audience reached through these events and for inclusion in the Theater’s archives.
When & Where
Apollo Theater Education Program
About the Apollo Education Program
The Apollo Theater Education Program extends the Apollo’s commitment to enhancing the life of the community. The Education Program focuses on four distinct areas of learning and engagement: residencies, workshops and tours for schools; curriculum materials aligned to state and national learning standards and study guides derived from the Theater’s history; career development for teens and adults through the Apollo Theater Academy; and discussions and lectures for the public that highlight the history of the Apollo and its impact on American art, culture and entertainment.
About the Apollo Theater
Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul and hip-hop. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.