It’s not the first time that Black people have had to be aware of how to dress for their wedding.
In fact, in the 1960s, Black women were told that if they dressed “white”, they were likely to look “ugly”.
But in recent years, many Black people and their loved ones have been more aware of the subtle differences in the way they dress.
“I think it’s important to acknowledge that there’s a lot of nuance to our hair,” says Lacy Lee, a hairstylist and blogger based in Philadelphia.
“Black hair is very long, curly and dark.
Black people are often asked to tone it down for looks and some are asked to change their hairstyles for more appealing looks.”
She’s also been told by friends that “you need to get a little bit of style back” and that they should “get back to their roots”.
For her, the Black Wedding Dress is a statement about how Black women are expected to dress and how she believes the Black wedding is an opportunity for Black women to reclaim their own history.
For Lee, it’s about showing Black women how to “show Blackness in a way that it hasn’t been seen before”.
“It’s not about changing the colour of your hair or your skin tone,” she says.
“It’s about making a statement, that the Black family is still part of Black history.
We’re still part, part, half Black, part part half black, part half-white, part-black, part black.”
But how can a Black woman wear a Black wedding dress?
“As a Black person, I know that being Black is often invisible,” says Lee.
“I have to remind myself that I am Black and I have to look good.”
And it’s not just Black women who are asked, “how can I look good?” and “how do I look Black?”
“When Black people think about their wedding, they’re thinking about how to represent Blackness,” says Marlon Moore, a professional hairstylists in Nashville, Tennessee.
Moore says that Black wedding dresses are often thought of as being about “a black man or a Black man and a woman, and that’s really problematic.
It doesn’t mean you’re doing blackface or a slave costume.”
“For Black women, they want to make sure they have the style that they want, and the dress that they’re comfortable with,” he adds.
“The dress is a big part of what’s going to make their wedding special.
When Black women wear Black wedding gowns, they are making a declaration about Blackness and being proud of their history.”
Moore is part of a growing trend of Black women embracing their Black roots and reclaiming their own culture.
A trend that dates back to the 1960 and 70s, it has been embraced by some Black artists and has even spawned a fashion industry called Black-inspired clothing.
The idea behind the trend is that the style is inspired by African cultures and is more appropriate for Black families.
One of the most famous designers of Black-influenced clothing is Selma Haynes, who created her first line of clothing in 1961, with a range of dresses that included black dresses, skirts and skirts, a dress called the “Beverly” and dresses called “The Princess”.
Haynes, now 80, says that it was her mother who first encouraged her to “try to wear Black clothes” and says that she is “not ashamed” of her heritage.
But it’s also her daughter, Kiana Haynes who has been the most influential designer in the Black-owned fashion industry, which has helped create a trend of wearing Black-designed clothes for Black weddings.
She says that “Black-inspired” fashion has “made Black culture” and has also “made the Black community more aware”.
But is it safe to wear a dress like Haynes’?
Kiana says that black women should not wear dresses that are made for “white women”.
“[Black women] have been asked to wear black clothes for centuries.
We have a history of doing this,” she explains.
What do Black women say to Black people who are questioning their own dress choices?
Some Black women have been hesitant to discuss their own personal dress choices, fearing that they are taking themselves out of the wedding and into the limelight.
Kana, a 29-year-old Black woman, says: “I’m not comfortable speaking out.
I’m a Black, middle-class woman who is not comfortable doing what’s considered Black to wear.”
Another Black woman who prefers to remain anonymous, but who also wears a black wedding dress, says “I feel like there’s an expectation to be more Black than Black.
Black women should be dressing more Black and Black men should be wearing more Black clothes. This