Posts tagged "fashion"

Josephine Premice (1926-2001), the splendid Tony-nominated actress, singer and dancer was born 88 years ago today in Brooklyn, New York. Diahann Carroll, her best friend for more than four decades, called the Haitian-American aesthete “a naturally elegant woman who had exquisite taste in everything in life” and credited her with her fashion advice that she still uses. Ms. Premice was also the mother of novelist and television producer (“A Different World”) Susan Fales-Hill who wrote a fantastic memoir about her mother called “Always Wear Joy.” In this photo, Ms. Premice is seen tying the ribbon on her high-heeled shoes just before a performance in May 1951. Photo: Kurt Hutton/Stringer/Getty Images.

The great Geoffrey Holder won two Tony Awards in 1978 for costume design and directing “The Wiz.” He is shown here in all of his 6’6” splendor in the October 1975 issue of Ebony.

The great Geoffrey Holder won two Tony Awards in 1978 for costume design and directing “The Wiz.” He is shown here in all of his 6’6” splendor in the October 1975 issue of Ebony.

Sara Lou Harris, one of the first Black models to appear in national advertisements, in the late 1940s. “We launched black girls into the modeling field and I was the first to become a national poster girl for cigarette advertising,” she told Ebony in 1974. The Bennett College graduate also toured Europe as a singer and had a brief career as a radio announcer and an actress. On February 14, 2011, she married Nathaniel Dixon in Silver Spring, Maryland. Photo: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

Sara Lou Harris, one of the first Black models to appear in national advertisements, in the late 1940s. “We launched black girls into the modeling field and I was the first to become a national poster girl for cigarette advertising,” she told Ebony in 1974. The Bennett College graduate also toured Europe as a singer and had a brief career as a radio announcer and an actress. On February 14, 2011, she married Nathaniel Dixon in Silver Spring, Maryland. Photo: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

Josephine Baker was born 108 years ago today in St. Louis, Missouri. She was photographed here by the wonderful Eve Arnold at the “Josephine Baker Day” celebration in New York in 1950. Photo: Magnum Photos.

Iman, photographed by Peter Marlow in London’s Hyde Park in 1979. Photo: Peter Marlow/Magnum Photos.

#NYFW: A pair of pioneers: Model and entrepreneur  Bethann Hardison and fashion designer Stephen Burrows at the opening party for “Tommy” in March 1975. Photo: Corbis

#NYFW: A pair of pioneers: Model and entrepreneur Bethann Hardison and fashion designer Stephen Burrows at the opening party for “Tommy” in March 1975. Photo: Corbis

Valeria Perojo Frias, born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba in 1926. Photo circa 1940s. This is one of the first pictures I shared on VBG, found via Scott Schuman’s fantastic blog, The Sartorialist. It was submitted by Ms. Frias’s daughter, Ena Frias, and she provided this description to The Sartorialist:

"This is my beautiful mother, Valeria Perojo Frias, born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba on March 23, 1926. This photograph was taken sometime in the mid to late 1940’s. I believe she was at a christening of a friend’s child in Havana. She was an amazing and inspirational woman - making her way to the US with my father by way of Miami in late 1959, and ending up in New York City two years later, where I was born and raised. She was always a fashionista and had that amazing aura that exuded beauty, charm and grace. And boy could she pose for a picture, eh? She always will be my very own personal style icon.”