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
Source Ann Lowe was the first openly acknowledged black woman fashion designer, something she had to work tirelessly for decades to truly achieve. As the designer of Jackie O's wedding dress, she received very little credit; often her name was left out of the equation and she was simply referred to as ' a black seamstress. ' Lowe's acknowledged successes came later but in a big way, when she opened her own shop on Sak's Fifth Avenue. She continued on successfully for most of the rest of her life, and her work is now collected in the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Black Fashion Museum and The Smithsonian.
Taking a glimpse into American history, we highlight some particularly notable black women who influenced our culture with their fashion.