Beyoncé is celebrating her birthday today, September 4!
I’m celebrating with her, by unveiling some blocks of the “Respect Quilts” which are coming to life, bit by bit, every day as I work on them. The white canvas fabric with black silhouettes is by Brooklyn designer Aphrochic; awesome, right?!
Aphrochic describes the fabric like this: “This striking silhouette is an homage to African American women of the 1960s and 70s, whose confidence, freedom of expression and beauty epitomized the “Black Is Beautiful” movement at its height. Presented in a modern, forward facing cameo, this pattern expresses the qualities that defined these women through two tumultuous decades while displaying Afros in all their glory.”
As my hipster son pointed out, they also resemble the oh-so-cool look adopted by Beyoncé in Austin Powers: Goldmember.
A great commentary on this, from “How can I control my hair?” who writes, “This has to be one of my all time favorite Beyoncé hair dos. Coming to the big screen as the lead lady in the hilarious Austin Powers: Goldmember. Beyoncé, as ‘Foxy Cleopatra,’ accessorized her gravity-defying Afro with hats and chopsticks to set the scene when Austin Powers finds her in 1975. She also sang on the soundtrack with her smash hit “Work It Out,” rocking a looser and more modern ‘fro.”
Fabulous ladies, looking marvelous: the theme of “Respect Quilts” and a suitable tribute to the birthday girl.
more to come