Black fashion designers are indeed a rarity in the industry. Famous designers are often white women or men, and it is no secret that other races struggle to score a place in the runway both as a model and as a stylist. But there are numerous talented designers of color who have made excellent strides in their masterpieces. And these creatives are making waves with their innovative designs and creating their own lanes. If you have not been supporting these fashion experts, now is the perfect time to start recognizing their talents and creativity. Allow us to introduce to you these outstanding black women fashion designers who make exceptional clothes.
You probably have heard of Tracy Reese because her name is now popular in the fashion industry for her feminine, bright, and retro-influenced designs. Reese is an African American who started her career in Detroit, worked with her mother on their sewing machines. It was in 1998 when Reese founded her label Tracy Reese that specializes in ready-to-wear clothing. If Michelle Obama and Viola Davis love her designs, you will surely fall in love with her creations too!
The Brother Vellies creative director Aurora James continues to take over the footwear industry with firry confections that celebrities, influencers, and editors love. Check out her Brother Vellies for authentic, modern-day desert boots, shoes, slippers, and sandals.
The Haiti-born Azede Jean-Pierre creates a modern boho vibe paired with tailored classics. They feature gorgeous clothes, bags, shoes, and accessories that sets every woman apart from each other. Her boutique, Azedejean-Pierre was founded in 2001.
Established in 2008, Cushnie Et Ochs became one of the most popular brands pioneered by black women. Owners Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs met at Parsons School of Designs and worked together to produce sculpted, tailored, and cut-out pieces that are well-known for being sleek and sexy. Purchase their glamorous designs from Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-A-Porter, and Harvey Nichols.
If you can still remember, Kyemah Mcentyre's dashiki-print prom dress became famous as it went viral a few years ago. And because of that, she showed at New York Fashion Week and now she is making waves with her beautiful t-shirts that she sells on her website.
If you know the brand name William Okpo, you might have thought it is owned by a male designer or at least there is a male designer involve. But to surprise you, this brand is actually created by Darlene and Lizzy Okpo to honor their father, William Okpo. The two women credit their father as an influence because of how much he cares about his clothes. Check out their website if you want to discover stunning clothes and accessories, as well as beauty products.
The ever-popular and talented singer Rihanna proved that she has great talents in making clothes too. She took a dive into the fashion industry in 2011 and teamed up with Armani to create denim, T-shirts, and underwear line. Rihanna also became the first-ever black spokesperson for Dior in 2015 and was invited by Puma on board in 2016 to be their creative director. Now she designs lines for Puma. Queen Riri is absolutely killing the fashion scene right now and we are loving it!
I am sure you know or at least have heard of Hanifa and wondering who the creative mind behind this successful clothing line. She is none other than Teen Vogue "Generation Next" alum Anifa Mvuemba. She launched Hanifa in 2012 and did not stop releasing suits, dresses, and clothes that are so perfect for black women.
We hope you enjoyed discovering these powerful and super-talented women. Whose designs would you like to try out? Share your thoughts with us!
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