Emmanuel Ungaro (France), bridal gown, haute couture, fall/winter 1996-97. Cotton/synthetic blend lace, embroidered silk, plastic ‘pearl’ beads and sequins, glass beads. Appeared in The Great Fashion Mix. Photograph by John Alderson © Chicago Historical Society.
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 tells the story of the fair’s creator Eunice W. Johnson, who overcame racial prejudice to bring global fashion to African-American audiences. Several prominent European designers are featured in the exhibition, including: Yves St. Laurent, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Sarli, Missoni, and Erreuno.
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.