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Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

PROJECT NCMA

Guest Blogger - April Clark, Fashion Aficionado, Beauty, Lifestyle Blogger ​​

Taking inspiration from Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair, 13 emerging designers from four North Carolina universities created original works now on display at Crabtree Valley Mall. Fashions are inspired by concepts in the NCMA exhibition, such as the power of color, innovative materials and body positivity. Stop by the entrance near H & M from November 4-16 to see the designs.

THE DESIGNERS

Sarah Rose Bischoff, RED ROCKS AT SUNSET

Appalachian State University

 

Jessica Crabtree, SELF- POSSESSION

North Carolina State University, College of Textiles

 

Abbie Doss, RASPBERRY FRILLS

North Carolina State University, College of Textiles

 

Brittney Gray, LIVING COLOR

UNC- Greensboro

 

Desiree M. Hedrick, POWER MEETS BEAUTY

North Carolina A&T State University

 

Rang Li & Wen Li, ORIENTAL ANTIQUARIANISM

North Carolina State University, College of Textiles

 

Victoria Luong Vu, AGBARA

North Carolina State University, College of Textiles

 

Wilhelmina Mendes-Cole, IN FULL BLOOM

North Carolina A&T State University

 

Carly Owens, WATER DROPLET DRESS

North Carolina State University, College of Design

 

Wes Rowe, FEATHERS OF ANOTHER COLOR

North Carolina A&T State University

 

Laura Wyker, KALEIDOSCOPE

North Carolina State University, College of Design

 

Samantha Young, PARIS CITY LIGHTS

Appalachian State University

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

The exhibition explores the 50-year history of the Ebony Fashion Fair (1958–2009), an unparalleled charity fashion show event that redefined the concepts of beauty, style, and empowerment for African Americans. A spectacle of glamour and performance, the traveling fashion show grew out of the pages of Ebony magazine (first published in 1945). Similar to the publication, the fashion event provided transformative images of African Americans as beautiful and successful. Far more than a display of fabulous clothes, the show offered black women a vision of what they could wear and, ultimately, who they could be. Featuring 40 stunning ensembles (gowns, coats, suits), the exhibition includes works by designers such as Stephen Burrows, Pierre Cardin, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Patrick Kelly, Christian Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent, Bob Mackie, Alexander McQueen, b. Michael, Missoni, Jean Patou, and Vivienne Westwood.

Crabtree Valley Mall proudly sponsors the Emmanuel Ungaro, Bridal Dress stop by the exhibit to view it and all of the designer pieces in this exquisite exhibit. For ticket information visit NCMA.