Ebony Fashion Fair

model_main.jpgWith 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:

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Vivienne Westwood

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Pierre Balmain – Paris

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 African-American Designer Stephen Burrows – New York

For more information and to see when the show is coming to a town near you,  click here.

Photo Credit: Nathan Beckner

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9 responses to “Ebony Fashion Fair

  1. tinzzle

    I agree that their is lack of diversity. It’s good to hear about these kinds of shows.

  2. I’m glad you like it too. I love the photos of this model. 🙂

  3. Stephie

    I’m loving the Vivienne Westwood squishy coat and that last dress! Both totally amazing pieces.

  4. Hooray! Thanks for the visit Stephie! 🙂

  5. Miss Norty

    Wow. She looks stunning in the white outfit. She looks so tall in the last dress. Makes me want to go out and buy them. If only I wasn’t so short!

  6. I didn’t know they did shows like that.
    That’s awesome!
    Makes me happy.

  7. Nyeta

    I can really get into this I love your work, fashion it all. Some dont understand what time and work we put into it we dream we create we are art.

  8. VanDerAsperger

    could you please let me know what collection is the Westwood orange dress?
    thank you in advance for your kind reply 🙂

  9. Marie Braswell

    The model featured in the Ebony Fashion Fair Campaign is Rachal Prince. She is an established print/runway model and actress who’s clients consist of such big names as BMW, Hanes, Blackberry, Chrysler, Sears, Verizon, Macy’s, Soft Sheen Carson, Pepsi and McDonalds to name a few. She has graced many covers, shot by dozens of world famous photograhpers and has been featured in countless campaigns. The Ebony Fashion Fair Show campaign was launched to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the fashion show. It was also an attempt to modernize a fashion show that was often looked upon as aging in comparison to the current fashions shows of today. So with the beauty of Rachal, amazing photography, and intense marketing the campaign was a success!! Unfortunately, due to the recent recession and the struggling sales of Ebony and Jet, the fashion show could not survive. Now with the passing of Eunice Johnson (the legendary creator of the Ebony Fashion Fair Show)the future of the sultry and alway exciting fashion show is unclear.

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