Friday, February 25, 2022

Celebrating Influential Black Style Icons

Diana Ross

Fashion student-turned-model and designer Queen of Supreme and Motown Diana Ross. Ross' style spans decades covering glamour, mod chic, and disco extravagance. Ross' signature looks have inspired generations since the start of her music career. Since the 60's designers have referenced these looks — and for good reason. They’re iconic. 

Dapper Dan

Harlem native Dapper Dan began working from his store on 125th Street in the 1980s and 1990s. Dan was the first designer to use logos and created a look once described as “luxury on steroids.” Dan's innovation caused top fashion brands to adopt his style changing the fashion world forever. Dapper Dan’s style changed the way we think about and see the world of fashion. 

Diahann Carroll 

Glamorous, Elegant, Legendary, and most of all, a Diva actress and singer Diahann Carroll’s made history portraying – the first major Black character in a primetime soap opera.  Her sophisticated and elegant style can easily be characterized as “effortless”, while her sassy on-screen persona as Dominque Deveraux in the hit television series Dynasty. Her unique style of chic featured famous fashion brands such as Givenchy, Chanel, and Dior. From skirts and pants suits to full-length gowns everything Carroll wore made a statement. 

Grace Jones

The Jamaican-born singer and actress Grace Jones was the embodiment of fabulous and fierce. Jones consistently wowed spectators with her penchant for corsets, capes, headscarves, and fascinators – including ones from Philip Treacy – and defined eras of style from Studio 54 to now. Grace Jones is nothing short of an icon. 

Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly was the first American admitted to the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-a-Porter meant becoming canonized among the likes of Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Dior. The Paris cap, the denim overalls shortfalls, the heart-patterned shirts, and oversized buttons…Patrick Kelly didn’t just influence the fashion world with his runway designs but also with his own look that was unique, irreverent, and fun. 

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Starting as a Graffiti artist in New York, his distinct Neo-Expressionist, Contemporary, and Primitive styles in the 1970s quickly found their way from the street into the city’s most prestigious galleries and on the walls of numerous high-profile collectors and celebrities. Through collaborating with icons like Andy Warhol Basquiat certainly knew how to make himself known during his lifetime and equally after his death, in art and beyond. Whether he was working in his Great Jones Street studio or spending nights out on the town, at New York City hot spots like Indochine or The Odeon, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s personal style captured the essence of downtown cool – and is impossible to forget.

Jody Watley

Grammy-winning Jody Watley was a pioneer in music video, fashion, and styles. Her trendsetting amalgamation of high fashion, street fashion, and music in the 1980s were groundbreaking and we can still see her influence on style today. Her mix of casual and tailored with a touch of shimmer continue to wow. What’s not to love about Jody Watley’s amazing looks during her time as part of the R & B group Shalamar


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