Chicago History Museum Spotlights 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

The exhibit will contain 68 garments from high-end designers.

Posted: 03/28/2013 12:17 PM EDT
Filed Under Style, Fashion, Chicago

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The Chicago History Museum is shining a light on 50 years of the Ebony Fashion Fair. With more than 68 pieces on display from designers like Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint Laurent, "Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair" will celebrate the work that Eunice W. Johnson put into curating the shows.

Johnson, wife of the head of Johnson Publishing Company, traveled to Europe to collect top couture pieces during the 1950s and 1960s and used her pull to bring high fashion to African-Americans in the U.S. She also used the fair to bring attention to Black American designers.

The exhibit, which will be on view through the first week of January 2014, is a look into Johnson's style vision through some of the thousands of pieces the Ebony Fashion Fair has collected over five decades.


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