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North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion
October 28, 2017−January 21, 2018
Inspiring Beauty, the NCMA's first fashion design exhibition, tells the remarkable story of an extraordinary fashion show. The exhibition explores the 50-year history of the Ebony Fashion Fair (1958–2009), an unparalleled charity fashion show event that redefined the concepts of beauty, style, and empowerment for African Americans. It features designs by Christian Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, and more.
September 19: Member tickets on sale
October 3: Public tickets on sale
Go to ncartmuseum.org/ebony to check out our calendar for events related to the exhibition, including a special opening night runway show, lectures, workshops, and family programs.
A spectacle of glamour and performance, the traveling fashion show grew out of the pages of Ebony magazine (first published in 1945). Similar to the publication, the fashion event provided transformative images of African Americans as beautiful and successful. Far more than a display of fabulous clothes, the show offered black women a vision of what they could wear and, ultimately, who they could be. Featuring 40 stunning ensembles (gowns, coats, suits), the exhibition includes works by designers such as Stephen Burrows, Pierre Cardin, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Patrick Kelly, Christian Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent, Bob Mackie, Alexander McQueen, b. Michael, Missoni, Jean Patou, and Vivienne Westwood.
Located in the Meymandi Exhibition Gallery.