Videos — Black Fashion Designers RSS

Africa Fashion at the Brooklyn Museum

  Africa Fashion at the Brooklyn Museum, was a treat. The exhibit is small, but features many Designers out of Africa. They did pack it in and I hope this subject is visited by many. The exhibit is there June 23 - October 22, 2023 Read More: The Brooklyn Museum presentation of Africa Fashion is organized by Ernestine White-Mifetu, Sills Foundation Curator of African Art, and Annissa Malvoisin, Bard Graduate Center / Brooklyn Museum Postdoctoral Fellow in the Arts of Africa, with Catherine Futter, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, and Matthew Yokobosky, Senior Curator of Fashion and Material Culture, and Rhea Stark, Curatorial Assistant, Arts of Africa, Asia, and the Islamic World, Brooklyn Museum.

Continue reading

Ann Lowe and Saks Fifth Ave

We know about about Ann Lowe/Jacqueline Bouvier and the famous Wedding dress. You only have to Google those 2 names to find out....but what about the Designer Anne Cole Lowe, born 1898 (same year my Grandfather was born). She died 1981. During her active years as a designer, she did created gowns for the rich and still stood in the shadows...and still managed to leave an extraordinary legacy. Below some links to give you some context Ann Cole Lowe Biography Written By Elaine Nichols with research assistance by Alexis Dixon Mike Douglas Interview:    • Ann Lowe on MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW   Her Story: Ann Lowe (this is just cute): She Made History: More Fashion History: Black Fashion History Podcast:

Continue reading

The Power of the Needle: Hariette Jacobs

I received the book Black Designers in American Fashion edited by Elizabeth Way, I love finding out how the powerful the needle has been through out history for African Americans. Harriet Jacobs was new to me. She was an escaped slave, seamstress, author, and abolitionist. Her book Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, published in 1861, gives her account of being enslaved and the escape through freedom. Here is a portion of the ad for capture : Being a good seamstress, she has been accustomed to dress well, has a variety of very fine clothes, made in the prevailing fashion, and will probably appear, if abroad, tricked out in gay and fashionable finery. As this girl absconded...

Continue reading