I was finally able to go to the traveling exhibit, Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair, at the NC Museum of Art here in Raleigh. And let me tell you, it was OH SO WORTH IT!
The exhibit was such a beautiful portrayal of fashion and style. It offered so much admiration and inspiration. From the moment you walked in, your eyes were drawn immediately to bright colors, stunning looks and breathless construction.
My “dream job” is to be a Fashion Editor and/or Publisher of a magazine and one day have my own fashion magazine. Needless to say, I was so inspired by learning about the background of Ebony Fashion Fair and about the faces behind the brand, John and Eunice Johnson.
It further confirmed that, I too, can one day follow in their footsteps and follow my dream. I believe North Carolina is the last stretch of the tour, January 21, 2018 being the final day unfortunately, but if you have a chance to see this wonderful exhibit when/if it comes to your city or returns back to Chicago, I advise you to GO SEE IT!
If you were unable to visit the show, try to get your hands on a copy of the Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair book. They were sold out at my museum but I was able to find one on Amazon! The pictures in the book are amazing along with the background information on how it all began, combined with designer and year details on each garment featured. Here are some of my favorite designer cover looks:
Christian Dior Fashion Freedom F/W 1968-1969, Krizia The Look of Elegance F/W 1981-1982, Fabrice Freedom Explosion S/S 1990, Todd Oldham Jazz Age of Fashion F/W 1997-1998, Bob Mackie Color Fantasy F/W 1984-1985, Sarli Fashion 2000 F/W 1999-2000, Patrick Kelly Fashion Scandal F/W 1986, L’Amour Changing Trends of Fashion 2001 (from left to right).
Check out more pics from Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair below:
For details on designers and cover year, please visit Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair.
On another note: I’m so excited for my collaboration with TOBI and can’t wait to show you the outfits from My Items From TOBI: Unpackaging.
Great article….great fashion!!