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.
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”