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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Dorothy Dandridge was a famous 1950's movie star- and singer- who had an understated sexy style that is timeless. She had a love of feminine, fierce heels, a sleek shoulder bare, fitted trousers and feminine blouses and curve hugging dresses that still kept ladylike lines. Widely photographed and emulated, she created a style that remains beautiful to this day.

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