¥African-American fashion designer Ann Lowe designed the wedding dress of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the bride of future President John F. Kennedy.

¥Zelda Winn Valdez made a significant contribution to the world of fashion, beginning in the1940’s when she opened her own shop and began designing for many of the leading black women of the day, including the beautiful Dorothy Dandridge pictured last on our slide show. She made dresses and pantsuits that were curve hugging and sexy, and caught the eye of Hugh Hefner who eventually commissioned her to design the now famous Playboy bunny suits.

¥Madame CJ Walker created the first well known line of makeup specifically for black skin. She is believed to be the first black female millionaire.

¥Naomi Sims was the first black model to grace the cover of a national magazine, with the title: Black models take center stage. She is considered to be one of the first black supermodels.



Black Fashion Knowledge


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