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Exhibit showcases glamour of Ebony Fashion Fair
Published Saturday, October 21, 2017
by Bonitta Best

RALEIGH – Ebony and Jet magazines gave blacks an avenue to read positive and uplifting stories.

The Ebony Fashion Fair told black women they were beautiful with its cosmetics line and extraordinary fashion shows that featured both black female and male models.

The North Carolina Museum of Art will relive those memories with its “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair” exhibit from Oct. 28 through Jan. 21, 2018.

The exhibition explores the 50-year history of the Ebony Fashion Fair (1958–2009), a spectacular event that redefined the concepts of beauty, fashion and empowerment for African-Americans.

View 40 stunning ensembles by designers’ Stephen Burrows, Pierre Cardin, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Patrick Kelly, Christian Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent and more. Archival photographs and memorabilia will take you even further back in time.

“This stunning exhibition will not only highlight some of the most iconic fashion ensembles shown during the Ebony Fashion Fair, but it will also explore the impact that this show had on African-American identity, style and success,” said Jennifer Dasal, NCMA associate curator of contemporary art and co-curator of the exhibition. “By featuring black models, fashion designers, makeup artists and consumers, the Fashion Fair and Eunice Johnson helped redefine concepts of beauty and fashion in America — and, in doing so, played a key role in empowering African-Americans nationwide.”

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions make the exhibition possible. Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund funded research for the exhibition for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel.

See a full list of events at ncartmuseum.org/ebony. The N.C. Museum of Art is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road.



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