( Sat., Oct. 28, 2017 - Sun., Jan. 21, 2018 )
North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607-6407
Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair 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, fashion, and empowerment for African Americans. It features 40 stunning ensembles 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. The exhibition also includes archival photographs and memorabilia from Ebony magazine and Ebony Fashion Fair.