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Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

Start Date 18 March 2017
End Date 24 July 2018
Venue The Textile Museum at The George Washington Museum
Location Washington D.C., USA
Curator Joy L. Bivins and Camille Ann Brewer
Exhibition with two mannequins; one facing backwards with one arm on the hip and one facing forwards with its arms up displaying garments.
Exhibition with one male and one female mannequins in a glass cabinet displaying garments.
Exhibition with two mannequins; one a plus size mannequin displaying a dress.
Exhibition with four mannequins against the wall on a plinth displaying garments.
Exhibition with three mannequins; two female and one male displaying garments.
Exhibition with mannequins on plinth with exhibition title on the wall.
Exhibition with text panel and images hanging in frames on the wall.
Exhibition with images with accompanying dates hanging on the wall.

For fifty years, the Ebony Fashion Fair shaped a new vision of black America through contemporary fashion. This exhibition of stunning ensembles by leading designers told the story of the fair’s creator Eunice W. Johnson, who overcame racial prejudice to bring global fashion to African-American audiences. Read the gallery guide for Inspiring Beauty.

Developed by the Chicago History Museum in cooperation with Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, presented by the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

Images courtesy of The Textile Museum at The George Washington Museum, Washington D.C., USA.