Black Fashion History Page 1
Making a list of people who you think is going to change the fashion world is a tenuous assignment, especially because there are so many people doing so many wonderful things. But when we think about the Black people who are important to that world right now, there are a number of them who stand out as people who can make lasting contributions not only to fashion, but also to the way society thinks about Black people’s role in it.
Opportunities for Black people — and especially for Black women — in the years following the abolition of slavery were few and far between. But Madam CJ Walker, who was born to former slaves in 1867 as Sarah Breedlove, found a way to make herself not only a successful beauty industry entrepreneur, but also the first American woman (and the first Black person) to become a millionaire.