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Emanuel Ungaro (French): Evening Dress, fall/winter 1987-1988 Silk satin and taffeta © International Art & Artists
Emanuel Ungaro (French): Evening Dress, fall/winter 1987-1988 Silk satin and taffeta
© International Art & Artists
Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES  •  George Washington University Museum  •  9 March - 24 July 2017
 

For 50 years, the Ebony Fashion Fair shaped a new vision of black America through contemporary fashion. Founded by Eunice Walker Johnson in 1958, the traveling fashion show broke the color barrier to bring the pinnacle of global fashion to communities that were eager to celebrate black accomplishment, aspiration and success.

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum present the story of the Ebony Fashion Fair and its cultural impact with the new exhibition Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair. Forty garments selected from a collection of thousands are at the center of this dynamic show—including stunning gowns, feathered coats and statement designs by Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood and burgeoning designer Naeem Khan, who would go on to dress first lady Michelle Obama.

Ebony Fashion Fair was the first fashion show to introduce black models to the runway. The exhibition includes nearly 100 objects, including ensembles, accessories and videos, to help recreate the Fashion Fair experience. Ms. Johnson’s exquisite personal style and her influence in the world of fashion are explored through archival images, invitations to fashion houses and interviews with former stylists and attendees of the Fashion Fair.

Organized by the Chicago History Museum in cooperation with Johnson Publishing Company, which published Ebony and Jet magazines and produced the Fashion Fair, Inspiring Beauty is the first-ever exhibition about the show.



The George Washington University Museum


Contact:

The George Washington University Museum
The Textile Museum
701 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052


Tel: (1) 202 994 52 00



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