It’s finally here!

March 15th, 2013by Joy BivinsFiled under: Collections, Exhibitions

After two years of choosing garments, constructing the story, and designing and building the galleries, Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair is complete. The nearly 7,000-square-foot exhibition includes more than sixty ensembles to dazzle and thrill—just like the Fashion Fair itself. And, like the famed traveling show, this exhibition will provide you with more than just beautiful ensembles to view. It also tells the compelling story of how fashion inspired change, and it definitely has something for everyone.

The Power of Color platform includes designs by (from left) Dimitrious, Fabrice, Sarli, Todd Oldham, Bob Mackie, Balestra, Nina Ricci, and B Michael. Photograph by Museum staff

In the exhibition, garments are grouped by themes taken from past Ebony Fashion Fair seasons. One of those groupings, and my current favorite, is the Power of Color. The nine ensembles here speak to an important element of the Fashion Fair experience: the use of bold, vibrant color. Yellow, red, and purple predominate and are set against a unique backdrop of fabric bolts. The photograph is great but you have to see it personally for the full effect. In fact, every space in the exhibition is a must-see.

Bob Mackie’s color piece graced the cover of the Ebony Fashion Fair program in 1984.
Courtesy of Johnson Publishing Company, LLC

We are extremely proud of our latest exhibition. We cordially invite you to celebrate the beauty, history, and glamour of Inspiring Beauty. See you in the gallery!

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair opens to the public on Saturday, March 16.

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