From the unflappable flappers to the Black Is Beautiful women to the hats and dresses of hard working designers, black women have influenced American fashion in fabulous ways. 

10 Fashionable Black Women and Their Influences

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Mildred Blount was the first important black woman milliner, or hat maker. She made fine hats that were exhibited in the World's Fair in 1939 and her career took off from there. Her hats were featured in Hollywood movies like Gone With the Wind, and many famous actresses wore her creations on top their heads. One of her hats was eventually featured on the cover of Ladies Home Journal.

Taking a glimpse into American history, we highlight some particularly notable black women who influenced our culture with their fashion.