Conrad ByerComment

Black Designers Honored in Exhibit in the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Conrad ByerComment
Black Designers Honored in Exhibit in the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

The African-American fashion designer scene is getting the recognition they deserve thanks to a long-overdue exhibit at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. African American influence is so prevalent in many of the luxury brands worn today that it is surprising that this recognition hadn’t come any sooner! That is where the strong significance of this exhibit comes in!

Black designers started getting recognition during the ’40s and have fought to stay in the spotlight ever since. The exhibit displays an array of fashionable excellence, talentedly crafted by African American hands. Some designers include Ann Lowe (1898-1981), who designed the dress of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis when she married John F. Kennedy and Laura Smalls who designed a dress Michelle Obama wore for her appearance in “Carpool Karaoke”. 

The style ranges from designs deeply rooted in African heritage with bold designs and prints to more futuristic and chic designs. The work of the designer Aisha Obuobi, who designed outfits that Beyonce has worn in many of her “On The Run” performances is also featured in the magazine. Major props has to be given to the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology for their recognition of the hard work resulting from African American designers both alive and deceased.