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Black Style Now: Hip Hop Fashion in New York City

Start Date 09 September 2006
End Date 19 February 2007
Venue Museum of the City of New York
Location New York, USA
Curator Michael Henry Adams and Michael McCollom
exhibition display of feminine and masculine dress
It’s dynamic, bold, and colorful. It’s street style, and it’s high fashion.

Explore how black style has evolved in New York City and how hip-hop has turned fashion on its head. Hip hop has made black style big business, showcasing black designers and claiming a global market of consumers eager to buy the latest in Black Style Now. The exhibition features garments by pioneering as well as contemporary black designers and outfits worn by style setters such as Beyoncé, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and LL Cool J. Jewelry, accessories, footwear, and clothing by major hip-hop mega-brands are also on view, as are photographs of fashion icons past and present.


Black Style Now is generously funded by The Time Warner Foundation.

Essence Magazine is the primary sponsor.

Supporting sponsors include Macy’s, UNFORGIVABLE by Sean John, AKADEMIKS, ROCAWEAR, SEAN JOHN, and Diet Pepsi Jazz.

Additional funding provided by Altria Group, Inc.

Support from Josephine Day Spa, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and Sharon Y. Bowen is also gratefully acknowledged.

Image courtesy of Museum of the City of New York.