How Black Designers Defined Fashion for Generations
Talent that shaped history and opened doors for other creatives
Ann Lowe: Fashion Icon
During her illustrious 50-year career, her extraordinary garments earned her prominent clientele, including Jacqueline Kennedy, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and the Rockefellers. But her journey to success was fraught with challenges—it reflected decades of resilience and perseverance.Read Story about Ann Lowe: Fashion Icon
Pretty in Pink
If you want an example of the perfect party dress of the 1950s, this could be it. An extremely flattering cut, sparkly beadwork, unique pops of unexpected color and texture - this dress surely looked absolutely amazing on the lady whether she was seated, standing or dancing the night away.Read More about Pretty in Pink
Hats Off to Mae Reeves!
It’s plain to see why famed milliner Mae Reeves called her creations “showstoppers.” Whether they were covered in vibrant flowers, adorned with delicate beading, or emblazoned with a brooch, the hats created in Reeves’s shop were nothing short of wearable art.Read More about Hats Off to Mae Reeves!
Arthur McGee: Dean of African American Designers
His clientele included numerous celebrities such as Cicely Tyson, Stevie Wonder, Arthur Mitchell, Sybil Burton, Lena Horne and Dexter and Maxine Gordon. He was also a generous supporter of many young, emerging designers, like, the late Willi Smith and Elena Braith/Dr. Aziza Braithwaite Bey.Read More about Arthur McGee: Dean of African American Designers
Dress for the Occasion
In her book, A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School (2009), Mrs. Carlotta Walls LaNier writes that her "great-uncle Emerald Holloway stopped by the house with a surprise gift for me: cash to buy a brand-new dress for my first day at Central.Read More about Dress for the Occasion
Five Things to See: The Fashion of Hip-Hop
From the leather and feather of early MCs, to the classic New York City streetwear of 90s, to the revival of Afrocentric garb, to the big brand clothing line of moguls, fashion has been central to hip-hop identity.Read More about Five Things to See: The Fashion of Hip-Hop