Black History Month is always a good time to revisit the accomplishments that black people have made for centuries. The contributions of the black community certainly do not exclude the fashion industry. While those contributions should be learned and noted every day, it’s evident that all of these major steps are not necessarily well-documented, and taking the time to note these steps of progress are necessary for future generations. It’s important for all of us to know where we’ve been, and have faith in where we’re going. It’s necessary to know what paths were blazed by our ancestors and forerunners, in order to know what trails are yet to be burned down.

Here are just a few of the most iconic and important moments in fashion black history. (Note, these accomplishments are not in chronological order rather grouped by significance.):

1. 1861 – 1865 Elizabeth Hobbes Keckley is the personal dressmaker and confidant of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln.


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