Posts Tagged ‘Fashion Beyond The Pale’

Day 6:the bare invisible beauty of revolutionary real people. Today the PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE eerily co-mingle for us with three milestones.   PAST: Model Naomi Sims died on Saturday at age 61.  1969.  Before there was a Miss Naomi Campbell there was a Miss Naomi Sims. Two years after of the Summer of Love, […]


The 1980’s, in the fashion world, being of color and gay was to be celebrated…today, in 2009, it seems that we have made both huge strides forward and vast puzzling backward steps at the same time.  Eighties icons of color in the fashion industry such as Antonio Lopez, illustrator and designers, Willi Smith and Patrick […]


Black was always beautiful to me.   For this ecstatic white child, I can trace this love from bouncing on top my father’s shoulders at a Sly and the Family Stone concert at age 5 to being friends with Debbie Huff, whose dad was Leon Huff of the legendary Gamble and Huff, to meeting backstage […]


  Relax?  ONE THOUSAND, FOUR HUNDRED issues of American Vogue and only FIVE covers graced by people of color? You better work Supermodel! With the refrain: “We already have our black girl“, still being heard, we still have much work to do.  Images like Naomi above and Sessilee Lopez in Harpers Bazaar which don’t fetishize, isolate or stereotype are […]


  Malheur!  Seems like the kids can’t swim in the Pool in Pennsylvania nor walk the Runways in Paris. Paris prefers whites only on the runways so whose brands should we support?  Runways have huge visual influence on how we see ourselves and our world and clearly the vision from top Paris designers is: See White Only […]


OK, I had this exact outfit!  So this is famed model, Alva Chinn.  Can you picture Alva in a yoga class in Child’s pose where my partner, Michelle Barge is teaching and is the only one to recognize the famous “Halstonette”?  The famed designer’s favorite model was elusive to find since her yoga class appearances […]


My first call was to Bethann Hardison. “The Goddess” championing for Women and Men of Color on the runways and fashion pages. We see her as the heralder and voice for visibility beyond the Pale. (image from Uptown magazine’s recent article) Second call. I had a vibrant talk with Rosemary E. Miller, the author of  “The Threads […]