Fashion & Textile History Gallery
December 6, 2016 – May 16, 2017
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Black Fashion Designers examines the significant, but often unrecognized, impact that designers of African descent have had on fashion. The exhibition features approximately 75 fashions by more than 60 designers. Although there have been exhibitions on individual black designers, this is the first major exhibition in many years that highlights the global history of black fashion designers from the 1950s to the present. All of the objects on display are part of the permanent collection of The Museum at FIT.
The exhibition is accompanied by cell phone tour with multimedia content for smartphones, which provides an overview of the exhibition and additional content about selected objects. Commentary is provided by the curators, as well as from fashion designers Joe and Charlie Casely-Hayford, Eric Gaskins, Carl Jones and TJ Walker of Cross Colours, Andre Walker, model Veronica Webb, and André Leon Talley.