With reports of discrimination and a lack of diversity rampant on high fashion runways, one may take respite in the rollicking good time that Ebony’s Fashion Fair can offer.
This is not your typical staid runway show. Dubbed as “the worlds largest traveling fashion show”, the Ebony Fashion Fair has an element of preformance art woven into their fashion show. It’s certainly a juxtaposition to some of the sour faced models we are accustomed to seeing in the typical fashion week show.
This year, The Ebony Fashion Fair celebrates it’s 50th anniversary with a retrospective of five decades of fashion. The show involves choreographed routines paired with some of the best fashion the world can offer. Designers such as Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana, Carolina Herrera, Bill Blass and Jean Louis Scherrer are included in the show.
Not all flash, the show is deeply rooted in philanthropy. Since it’s inception in 1958, EFF has donated $55 million dollars to charitable organizations. Here’s a look at some of the fashions showcased in this show:
Pierre Balmain – Paris
African-American Designer Stephen Burrows – New York
Photo Credit: Nathan Beckner