Today’s Black History shout out goes to designer Alvin Bell. The Philadelphia native began as an illustrator for Halston and Anne Klein before rising to national prominence as the designer of sexy, pricey, couture-like PSI suits. Mustard PSI Alvin Bell Dress SuitBell later worked for Sears, designing their Mosaic clothing line for women of color. Continue Reading
Today’s Black History spotlight shines on designer Byron Lars. A native of Oakland California, Lars began designing for himself and friends, and trained later at the Brooks Fashion Institute in Long Beach and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Lars’ 1991 collection was hugely popular, earning him the title of “rookie of the year” by Women’s Continue Reading
Today’s Black History tribute goes to Willi Smith (1948-1987), considered by some to be the most successful African-American designer in history.Smith, educated at Parsons and Philadelphia College of Art, specialized in relaxed cotton creations. He began his own line, Williwear, in 1976 which, at its peak, sold $25 million worth of clothing per year.Pantsuit by Continue Reading
Todayâ€™s Black History Holleration goes to Gordon Henderson, a designer with a reputation for creating supreme quality, clean cut sportswear.A native of Berkeley, California, Henderson, like many others, studied at Parsonâ€™s School of Design. After years of designing and assisting for Calvin Klein, Henderson launched his own line in 1990. He won the Council of Continue Reading
Today’s Black History Hallelujah/Hollaback goes to Scott Barrie, a designer who established himself on 7th avenue in the late 1960′s.Scott Barie with models Anya Bayle, Dalma, and RoshumbaBarrie specialized in eveningwear made out of jersey fabric. His clients included model Naomi Sims and Lee Traub, wife of Bloomingdale’s then-president.Scott Barrie White DressIn 1969, Barrie established Continue Reading
Today’s Fashion Bomb shout out goes to Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes. Valdes is not only notable for her stunning creations, but also for her hand in designing the first Playboy costumes for Hugh Heffner in 1950. Dorothy Dandridge in a dress by Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes, 1953Valdes counted stars such as Gladys Knight, Joyce Bryant, Continue Reading
Today The Fashion Bomb celebrates Ruby Bailey (1905-2003):The Bermuda Born Harlem resident was a superb seamstress and designer. Her fantasy filled creations filled store windows from 7th to Lenox Avenues.Afternoon Dress by Ruby BaileyA glass of Moet to Ruby Bailey!
Today’s Black History shout out goes to menswear designer Jeffrey Banks, 1976 and 1982 winner of the prestigious Coty American Fashion Critics Award: A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, Banks assisted both Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein before opening his own menswear company in 1980. He once said, “I design clothes that are masculine, Continue Reading