Posts tagged "Black designers"
Next week, I will be back at #NYFW for my blog 55 Secret Street and, lucky me, my friend @Cozbi Cabrera is handcrafting a few of her signature pieces for me. Cozbi’s awesome boutique is in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn (and she’s having a great sale this weekend if you’re in the neighborhood). This is a first for me, but I realize that there was a time when you didn’t have to be rich and/or famous to get clothes made for you. Or to buy something you don’t see a hundred other people wearing. If you’re into fashion, I’ll have more at 55 Secret Street next week. That is me (bottom left) getting fitted by Cozbi for my dress (finished product in the middle). So exciting!
Pat Cleveland being fitted by designer Stephen Burrows in his East Village studio in April 1971. Burrows was a newly rising star in fashion at this time, especially after the opening of his boutique, “Stephen Burrows World” in Henri Bendel
in New York. The daughter of a jazz musician and the celebrated painter, Lady Bird Cleveland, Pat had already traveled with Ebony Fashion Fair and was in the beginning stages of her legendary runway career (the groundbreaking fashion show featuring Black models in Versailles show was two years away). Photo: Pierre Scherman/Conde Nast Archives/Corbis.
Pat Cleveland being fitted by Stephen Burrows.
Pat Cleveland was among the models and Stephen Burrows was one of the designers featured in the groundbreaking fashion show in Versailles on November 28, 1973.
Black Models Celebrated as Runway Revolutionaries (audio via NPR)