In 1988, NY mayor David Dinkins declared February 23rd Willi Smith day, in honor of one of the most talented designers of his era. He was F.U.B.U. before the brand, a man of the people for the people. And though he designed for the everyday man and woman, his line appealed to the wealthy and famous as well. Continue reading “28 Days of Black Fashion History: Willi Smith”
She is probably one of the most talented evening and costume designers you’ve never heard of, and yet Zelda Wynn Valdes designed gowns for many of 1940’s and 50’s well known entertainers and is credited with creating the sexiest working uniform in history. Continue reading “28 Days of Black Fashion History: Zelda Wynn Valdes”
With his highly embellished, glittering evening wear, Fabrice Simon’s creations were a symbol of 80’s glamour and excess. His creations were often seen on the bodies of some of the most famous 80’s celebs. The Haitian born designer, known only as Fabrice in the industry, was raised in a suburb of Port-au-Prince and attended school with Haiti’s former “President for Life”, Jean-Claude Duvalier. His father … Continue reading 28 Days of Black Fashion History: Fabrice Simon
Born in Cuba and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Arthur Smith at an early age, began to show his artistry, talents that would lead him to become a master of modern jewelry design. Arthur received a scholarship to Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and was among a handful of Black students attending the college. His advisors tried to steer him toward … Continue reading 28 Days of Black Fashion History: Arthur Smith
Falling into her career, ironically because of lack of opportunity, Jackie Peters Cully became one of the first African American textile artists in fashion and thrived as head stylist and later owner of her own textile design firm in New York.