The Museum at FIT has announced a planned “Black Fashion Designers” exhibit, which will open on December 3rd and run through May 16th. Drawing exclusively from the museums permanent collection, the exhibit will feature 70 items of more than 30 designers with clothing, accessories and shoes dating from the ’50s through current day. According to the museum:
“Items including mid-century evening gowns by Anne Lowe and the jovial, yet controversial, work of Patrick Kelly from the 1980s. Contemporary pieces include Lagos-based designer Maki Oh’s spring 2013 dress, which reconceptualizes Nigerian traditions, and pieces from the latest runways of established designers, such as Tracy Reese, and emerging talents, such as Charles Harbison.”
Organized into eight themes, one of the sections will speak to the roll of black models in the fashion industry. In addition to photographs and garments representing important moments in black model history, there will be a short original film produced by the museum featuring a conversation about diversity in modeling led by journalist Robin Givhan with models Bethann Hardison, Veronica Webb, and Riley Montana (shown above).
Have a peak at some of the designers to be included below.