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.
Though Lois K. Alexander-Lane was said to have been a fashion designer, her legacy will be tied to not what she designed but her efforts to bring more attention and recognition to other Black designers by establishing the Black Fashion Museum. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1916, Lois Marie Kindle early fashion influences came from peering into department store windows. She graduated from what … Continue reading 28 Days of Black Fashion History: Lois K. Alexander-Lane
Liya Kebede carries many titles: supermodel, actress, activist, goodwill ambassador, mom, and fashion designer. Her story begins in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where she was discovered in high school by a French film director. After finishing her studies, she moved to Paris to pursue a career in modeling. Continue reading “28 Days of Black Fashion History: Liya Kebede”
James Daugherty is one of many African American trailblazers in the world of fashion with an incredible talent for both fashion illustration and design. Continue reading “28 Days of Black Fashion History: James Daugherty”
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