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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Willi Posey (known as Madame Posey) was an important and influential fashion designer in the early 1900's. Because of pervasive racism, she was unable to sell her beautiful clothing through the regular free market channels and had to depend on double identities, word of mouth and to the greatest extent, black business people and marketers, designers and black customers for her business success. Here she is in the early 50's posing in a dress and hat of her design.

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