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: Ann Lowe

Named by the Saturday Evening Post as “Society’s Best-Kept Secret” in 1964, Ann Cole Lowe can definitely be described as one of fashion’s Hidden Figures. But in recent years, she is finally getting the recognition she should have received during the 1940′s, 50′s and 60′s as she became the first black couturier to open a shop on Madison Avenue, made dresses for some of the … Continue reading 28 Days of Black Fashion History: Ann Lowe

28 Days of Black Fashion History: Pat Evans

patevans-illustration by thomars

“Me and Grace Jones were ahead of our time.”

Way before Alek or Lupita made bold statements with their beautiful, clean shaven heads, an exquisite Black beauty chose to shave her head in protest of an industry obsessed with what some of us refer to as ‘good hair’. It became Pat Evan’s signature look and captured the attention of some of the most legendary figures in music, fashion and entertainment.

Pat Evans was born in Sugar Hill, New York of mixed African American and Native American heritage. She initially cut her hair (or rather it was cut for her) as a teen when she danced for Nigerian percussionist Olutunji. Though it wasn’t bald, it was cut very short so she would conform to his Afrocentric aesthetic.

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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