28 Days of Black Fashion History: Mildred Blount

Known as milliner to the stars, Mildred Blount is today’s 28 Days of Black Fashion History muse. Mildred’s interest in millinery stems back to her childhood when she became interested while working as an errand girl at Madame Clair’s Dress and Hat Shop in New York City. She and her sister would later open their own dress and hat shop catering to wealthy New Yorkers. … Continue reading 28 Days of Black Fashion History: Mildred Blount

28 Days of Black Fashion History: Geoffrey Holder

Geoffrey Lamont Holder could easily be considered a Renaissance Man. He is an actor, dancer, choreographer, director, producer, painter, photographer, sculptor and designer. (And I’m probably leaving something out that wasn’t highly publicized.) Born in Trinidad, Holder was exposed to the arts at an early age, his brother teaching him to paint and perform in his dance troupe at the age of 7. His talent … Continue reading 28 Days of Black Fashion History: Geoffrey Holder

28 Days of Black Fashion History: Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly is an American fashion designer. A native of Mississippi, Kelly was heavily influenced by his southern roots, both the empowering as well as the harsh realities. His signature button dresses were a tribute to his grandmother who replaced missing buttons on his clothing with brightly colored ones. And his penchant for ornamentation stemmed from the Southern ladies going to church in their “Sunday … Continue reading 28 Days of Black Fashion History: Patrick Kelly

28 Days of Black Fashion History: Jay Jason Jaxon

In today’s 28 Days of Black Fashion History, we celebrate Jay Jason Jaxon, the first American couturier in Paris. At 24, this young man trained in Paris at Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and eventually was called in to help save the ailing house of Jean-Louis Scherrer. This was so significant, he received a phone call from the First Lady, “Lady Bird” Johnson, congratulating him … Continue reading 28 Days of Black Fashion History: Jay Jason Jaxon

28 Days of Black Fashion History: Rosa Parks

Happy Birthday to Rosa Parks, a pivotal and significant icon of the Civil Rights Movement. But not many know that Mrs. Parks was also a dressmaker, so today, in addition to her birthday, we celebrate her for 28 Days of Black Fashion. I think sometimes we forget that all of the participants of the Civil Rights demonstrations (including more high profile faces and leaders like … Continue reading 28 Days of Black Fashion History: Rosa Parks