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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Josephine Baker was an entertainer who made a huge splash in the pool of culture in 1920's Paris, ripples that moved quickly to the US. She had a distinct performer's style of large pieces of jewelry and over the top dresses and dance costumes, most famously her banana costume; the influence of the banana wear was recently seen in the 2011 Prada collection.

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