In the United Kingdom, the 20th-century etiquette was that white dinner jackets are never worn, even on the hottest day of summer, but are reserved for wear abroad. Shoes are almost invariably black and patent leather is considered more formal than matte finishes while pumps are considered more formal than lace-ups.
He is the acclaimed King of Fashion in South Africa. Since then, he has launched a number of collections, and is also a part of the small list of designers First Lady Michelle Obama wears. He is also known to design for celebrities like Usher. Brooklyn-based Charles is the Creative Director and Founder of his label, Harbison , which he introduced in A luxury fashion brand, Harbison caters to women who embrace both their femininity and masculinity through modernly constructed and luxurious clothing pieces.
A decade ago, the fashion industry had been dominated by a roster of well-known and talented names that more often than not, belonged to mostly white people. Black fashion designers are on the rise, bringing awesome talent, exquisite taste and ingenuity to the industry. Here are 18 black designers that are making their names known to the fashion world.
Tracy Reese One of a small number of black fashion designer to show her collection at the New York Fashion Week, this powerhouse woman specializes in ready-to-wear clothing, accessories, and home fashions.
Korto Momolu This Liberian-born fashion designer first became known as the first runner-up of Project Runway Season 5 and has then moved on to greater fashion milestones. Azede Jean-Pierre Haiti-born and NYC based, this talented designer is known for celebrating the sensual femininity in her designs. Dumebi Andrea Iyamah Canadian-based Nigerian designer, Dumebi Iyamah first showcased her line of resort wear and ready-to-wear, Andrea Iyamah, on her blog in , which gained her acclaim from the fashion industry.
Olivier Rousteing Olivier is a Parisian-born fashion designer and began his career designing for Roberto Cavalli in Stella Jean An Italian-Haitian fashion designer who is relatively new to the fashion industry, yet is already considered as a rising star in Milan, Stella creates high fashion pieces through her own brand of eccentric, mix-and-match and bold prints that are flattering to any body type.
Maxwell Osborne Maxwell is the other half of streetwear clothing line, Public School. A Parisian influence is evident in the poodle skirts of the decade. Full skirts that came to the knee, or just below it, were commonly worn. The dress bodice was fitted to accentuate the waist. Corsets were still worn during this time to pull in the waist.
Dresses were also worn tight to the knee or just below. Off the shoulder cuts or strapless dresses were popular choices during this time. Women, including African American women, began to assert their independence and enter the workplace.
Business suits for women rose in popularity. Pencil skirts, fitted and ending just below the knee, or full skirts were worn. A blouse would be worn tucked into the skirt. A tailored jacket, either fitted at the waist or boxy and cropped, was worn over the blouse. A pillbox hat, made popular by Jackie Kennedy, completed the look. The beat poets and the era of blues greatly influenced women's dress for the decade.
Women began wearing pants fitted to their legs. Capri-length pants were often worn. Baggy shirts or men's shirts over fitted pants were a common look.
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