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7 Black Designers Who Are Slaying the Fashion Game


The Western world has been overwhelmingly white in all industries for centuries. Thanks to movements such as the Civil Rights and to all people who marched for racial equality, this is changing slowly, but we still have a long, long way to go. For a few decades now, African-Americans have been on the rise in the fashion industry as models and designers, and have been making an important difference. In honor of Black History Month, check out these black fashion designers who have been killing the game lately.

1. Tracy Reese

She’s nothing less than extraordinary. Reese is known for her gorgeous ready-to-wear collections and mid-range pricetags (think $200-400 for a dress). One of her most prestigious clients is former FLOTUS Michelle Obama. Pretty cool!

2. Stella Jean

Jean is an Italian-Haitian fashion designer based in Rome where she is considered a rising star. Her designs reflect Haitian and West-African culture, and Beyoncé wears her clothing... Enough said!

3. Carly Cushnie

Cushnie is not only known for her good looks—she is above all part of a duo called Cushnie et Ochs with Michelle Ochs. Together they launched a stunning line after graduating from Parsons School of Design. Cushnie is based in SoHo, and has dressed awesome celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow.

4. Olivier Rousteing

Rousteing is a French designer and the Creative Director of Balmain. He is also known for dressing and hanging out with the Kardashian gang, as well as people like the Hadid sisters and Rihanna. NBD.

5. Dumebi Iyamah

Iyamah is a talented fashion designer based in Canada. She was discovered through her blog in 2011 and her brand specializes in custom couture and swimwear. Her swimsuits are fabulous! 

6. Kahindo Mateene

Mateene was born in Congo and demonstrates her cultural background through her designs. Her clothing is a perfect blend of her African heritage and Western design. Mateene was also a contestant on the 12th season of Project Runway. She is so dope!

7. Darlene & Lizzy Okpo

The Nigerian sisters have a brand called William Okpo, and have collaborated with Solange Knowles. Vogue even warned other sister duos such as the Olsens and Mulleavys to look out for these two!

There's still a lot to be done to give everyone the same amount of recognition regardless of race, but for now, let's enjoy the takeover of black designers in the fashion industry.



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