Models, Designers and Tastemakers: My Tribute to Black History
02/26/2010, 6:59 PM
Filed under: Holiday

So, in the spirit of Black History Month, I wanted to a do a little something.  So I decided to profile some of the most important fashion designers, models and tastemakers in the Black community:

Famous for well tailored clothing, Willi Smith’s clothing line was worth $25 million when he passed away in 1987.  I still buy it to this day…  BTW, he designed the costumes for “School Daze” (a Spike Lee joint):

And on to the models on the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s:

Beverly Johnson – scored the first cover of Glamour mag by a Black woman, now she sells lace front wigs in the back of magazines

Beverly Peele – I know you remember her… I got “Nuttin but Love” for you, baby.  (Hello – the Heavy D video!)

Veronica Webb – so fly and last seen as Tim Gunn’s model friend on “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style”

And my favorite tastemakers:

Andre Leon Talley – besties with Anna Wintour, fashion models and J.Hud alike; he’s “big, beautiful and lovin’ it” (quote courtesy of my favorite bad movie, “Two Can Play That Game)

Thelma Golden – Museum curator extraordinaire, she has built a legacy at the Whitney and at the Studio Museum is Harlem.  And she is married to London-based Fashion Designer, Duro Olowu:


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This was lovely. Thank you black history observant!

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