VISION. INNOVATION. POWER.
Stunning designs by
Oscar de la RentaValentinoDiorVivienne WestwoodYves Saint-LaurentBill BlassPatrick KellyThierry MuglerChristian LacroixBob MackieGivenchyAlexander McQueenCarolina HerreraMissoniHalston
Walk amid stunning gowns and one-of-a-kind ensembles by haute couture designers such as Christian Dior, Patrick Kelly, and Vivienne Westwood in this multisensory re-creation of the pioneering fashion fair that helped redefine beauty, style, and empowerment for African American women everywhere. Inspiring Beauty is the first exhibition to explore the Ebony Fashion Fair, which traveled worldwide, including here in Milwaukee, and its director-producer Eunice W. Johnson, through fifty years of vision, innovation, and power.
Presented in Milwaukee by:
Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the Joseph R. Pabst Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, The Milwaukee Art Museum’s Friends of Art, Angela and Virgis Colbert, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Milwaukee (WI) Chapter The Links, Incorporated, The Milwaukee Art Museum’s African American Art Alliance.
The exhibition was developed by the Chicago History Museum in cooperation with Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, presented by the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.