If you’ve been reading this blog any length of time, you know my love for all things Ebony. Recently someone asked me if “black history” was my beat as a journalist and I politely explained that it was not. I see history as history: all entries and moments are important. Ebony and the Ebony Fashion Fair are definitely a part of that. It saddens me that the fashion show no longer struts and sashays through towns and cities. However, thanks to an auction to be held this Wednesday, we have the opportunity to bid on “the best of the best” from the archives.
Here’s more on the Ebony Fashion Fair:
Haute couture by Oscar de la Renta, Yves St. Laurent, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Lanvin, Carolina Herrera and more are among over 500 lots up for auction. The collection includes gowns, cocktail dresses, coats, capes, separates and shoes. And yes: the pieces have all the detail and drama you may recall if you ever attended one of the charity shows. The sale of these beautiful pieces will go on to benefit education just as they did in the past: a portion of proceeds will go to Johnson Prep. The live auction is to be conduction by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and will begin at noon CST on June 10.
To view the catalog, click HERE. Note, you must register ahead of time in order to bid.
Did you know? Mrs. Eunice Johnson, the show’s founder and driving force, was a Selma, Ala. native. She was educated at Talladega College.
All images via the Treasures from the Ebony Fashion Fair Collection. See them all by clicking HERE.