Ebony Fashion Fair 50th Anniversary

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My recent piece for the Morningside Park Chronicle Newspaper.

Eunice W. Johnson and her husband, publisher John H. Johnson, co-founded Black lifestyle magazine, Ebony. Eunice Johnson founded Ebony Fashion Fair in 1956, a feature in Ebony magazine that would evolve into a traveling fashion show bringing the latest in haute couture fashion to Black communities across the United States. The Chicago History Museum honors Mrs. Johnson and her massive collection of couture in Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair. It is now on exhibit through January 2014.

Eunice was often the only black buyer in the room on her trips to shop the Fashion shows in Europe. She didn’t necessarily gain entrance very easily. Johnson represented an invisible affluent black population able and willing to wear the best fashions. Unfortunately they were hindered by limited access to high fashion, necessitating the traveling shows. They were glamorous shows in which comedians, singers and…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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