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The year is 1927 and French tennis star Jean René Lacoste, and announced that the Crocodile as his perseverance. Beginning of the mid-1920's he began to wear a green crocodile on the left side of his shirt reflecting his nickname. Everyone has caught onto the trend, even people that aren't playing tennis. It's apparently the new fad these days, but I'm not all that into it. I mean it is just a silly crocodile on a shirt. And people are paying ridiculous amounts of money for them. I just don't get it I guess. Now the logo is everywhere, tennis, gold, and even sailing.
Another trend that has caught on is tight fitting bathing suits. Before the swim suit men and women had been wearing these hideous bulking garments which made it very hard to swim. But now the bathing suits follow the line of the torso and fits to the body well so now when people swim it is much easier for us.
French designer Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel made women's sportswear look a lot more, well feminine. Before women's sportswear favored the boyish look which was not flattering or comfortable since it was too big for the women. Coco designed the bell bottom pants for women while they were sailing or yachting. But of course this look is controversial because women don't usually wear pants or trousers because men usually wear those. Personally I like wearing trousers because first of all they are very cute and they are also flattering in certain areas and make men take a second look at you.
A very famous Chicago White Socks Joseph Jefferson from the 1919, only a few years ago, known as "Shoeless Joe" didn't exactly set a trend but the way he got that nickname was interesting. During a game he broke his pitching arm while throwing a ball so he was resigned to the outfield just to catch the balls. Well he got some new spikes and was wearing them during a game. But they had started to give him blisters and he kept trying to just ignore the pain but he couldn't anymore so during a game he took them off and while he was rounding third base a fan from the opposing team yelled out at him, "Shoeless Joe!" Now the fan meant for it to be as an insult, as if he were poor and couldn't afford shoes but Joe could care less about it. Even though Joseph Jefferson took his spikes off for one game and only that one time the name "Shoeless Joe" stuck with him his entire career even though it was meant as to be an insult.
Harlem renaissance was a huge deal for the African American race in the 1920's. They loved to celebrate the beauty of black people, and the African American folk tradition. Right now black people are our slaves and many of them are talented, artistically, but of course they are not allowed any type of education, especially art education to help them learn more about it. And they can't pursue a career because they are not allowed to have a job besides what the white man is allowing them to do. They usually show their art through iron making, quilting, silversmith, and cabinet making. They have made some very useful things around the house, even mine. They made our cabinets and they are very sturdy. But also a few black painters earned some money on the side by selling paintings of white and free black companions. Pretty impressive.
"Sportswear." Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the Ages. Ed. Sara Pendergast and Tom Pendergast. Vol. 4: Modern World Part I: 1900-1945. Detroit: UXL, 2004. 744-745. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 24 Apr. 2010.
Famous athletes inspired some of the more popular styles of sportswear. American tennis star Bill Tilden wore white lightweight woolen flannel slacks and cable-stitched white or cream-colored sweaters. From 1920 to 1926, the years in which he won seven consecutive Davis Cup matches; Tilden set the style for men's tennis attire. In 1927 French tennis star Jean René Lacoste, nicknamed the Crocodile for his perseverance; beat Tilden to win the Davis Cup for France. Not only did he become the new champion, but he became the reigning fashion trendsetter too.
Velazquez, Sheila. "Jackson, Joseph 'Shoeless Joe'." Notable Sports Figures. Ed. Dana R. Barnes. Vol. 2. Detroit: Gale, 2004. 742-747. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 24 Apr. 2010.
This article talks about the famous white socks player known as shoeless Joe. Even though the comment came from a fan from the opposing team, as an insult it didn't play out the way he wanted it to. The nickname stuck and all throughout his baseball career he was known as "shoeless Joe." It also talks about how Joe and 7 of his teammates were accused of throwing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Mysteriously all of the evidence was destroyed and most of the players disappeared and were not to be found until the whole thing blew over. None of them were ever convicted.
"'The Beauty of the African and the Afro-American': The Visual Arts." Harlem Renaissance. Ed. Christine Slovey and Kelly King Howes. Vol. 1. Detroit: UXL, 2001. 105-121. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 24 Apr. 2010.
Like African American writers and performers, visual artists of the Harlem Renaissance were exploring their own identities and their connections with black history and culture, celebrating the beauty of black people, and sharing African American folk traditions. They found wider appreciation for their work than ever before, in part because of the relatively new interest that well-known white artists including Paul Gauguin of France, Pablo Picasso of Spain, and Henri Matisse of France had taken in African art. These artists were experimenting with and incorporating distinctly African elements into their own paintings and sculptures. The surging popularity of African art, in fact, encouraged black artists to try new methods and popularize different standards of beauty in the art world.
"'Yes! It Captured Them ....': The Performing Arts." Harlem Renaissance. Ed. Christine Slovey and Kelly King Howes. Vol. 1. Detroit: UXL, 2001. 69-103. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 24 Apr. 2010.
This article is about all the African American performing arts and how proud they were if themselves. For many whites, one major window into African American culture was the musical theater. Theatergoers had seen exuberant dancers with seemingly boundless talent and energy accompany the great black actress Florence Mills as she sang "Love Will Find a Way" in the Broadway show Shuffle Along. Audiences were eager to experience more of the same. Aspects of African American culture were also being explored in serious dramas by both black and white playwrights, on Broadway as well as in the theaters of Harlem. And music lovers were excited by the jazz and blues they could hear in Harlem nightclubs.
"'In a Deep Song Voice...': Fiction and Poetry." Harlem Renaissance. Ed. Christine Slovey and Kelly King Howes. Vol. 1. Detroit: UXL, 2001. 41-68. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 24 Apr. 2010.
Although many different kinds of artistic expression flourished during the Harlem Renaissance, the period is probably most famous for its literature. For many people, the first names that come to mind when considering the Harlem Renaissance are those of writers like Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. Indeed, the novels, short stories, and poems that these and other writers produced are among the most interesting and valuable products of a fascinating cultural period. But African American literary history as a whole extends far back into the eighteenth century.