Live Wire: Black Style on Stage
Live Wire


Lecture Event
Thursday, February 6th at 6:30PM


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:

Maxine Brown (R&B and Soul music Legend)

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. 


****Though we are no longer taking registrations for this evening's program, standby seating may be available.****