28 Days of Black Fashion History: Elizabeth Keckley

Her early life reads like a novel with LOTS of drama, tragedy, trials, triumphs and an incredible amount of courage. Though she was born a slave, Elizabeth Keckley’s mother taught her to read (which was illegal) and to sew, which would become an invaluable skill that would help her buy her freedom and establish a profitable business that would take her to the White House. … Continue reading 28 Days of Black Fashion History: Elizabeth Keckley

28 Days of Black Fashion History: Amsale Aberra

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If you’re looking for a simple, sleek, stylish and timeless wedding gown, you’re first stop should be the Amsale showroom in New York City. Amsale Aberra’s bridal designs are as sought after as her equally famous competitors Vera Wang, Carolina Herrara or Monique L’huillier to name a few. Her designs embody the “forever modern” philosophy of her company.

Born in Ethiopia, Amsale loved fashion as a young girl. However, becoming a fashion designer wasn’t something she even considered until, after a revolution broke out in Ethiopia, she was forced to move to the US to finish her undergraduate education at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. There, she began to design and make her own clothes out of necessity (because she couldn’t afford to buy new things) and the budding thought of becoming a designer began to grow. Continue reading “28 Days of Black Fashion History: Amsale Aberra”

28 Days of Black Fashion History: Bethann Hardison

As one of the first Black supermodels, Bethann Hardison paved the way for future models of colors in the fashion industry. Today, she continues to be a pioneer, activist and advocate for more diversity on the runway. A native Brooklynite, Bethann attended New York University Art School and the Fashion Institute of Technology. After working sales in the garment industry in the 1960s, she was … Continue reading 28 Days of Black Fashion History: Bethann Hardison

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