A Study of Eight, The Untold American Story, EDGE Afropolitan, EDGE Remembers, EDGE-ucation

Fashion Culture | Battle of Versailles: ‘This Was the Real America, An America They Haven’t Seen’

A passionate declaration from Bill Cunningham, American fashion photographer of the New York Times, who remembers that the Black fashion models at the Battle of Versailles fashion show brought together a cultural movement that not only marked a new era in fashion, but was a defining moment in racial equality.

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A Study of Eight, The Untold American Story, EDGE Afropolitan, EDGE Remembers, EDGE-ucation

Fashion Culture | The Empowering Effect of Ebony Fashion Fair

From civil rights to the catwalk, Ebony Fashion Fair defied all odds and left an empowering effect on the African American community. The cumulative effect of years of presenting high fashion to African Americans, on African Americans, with African Americans taste-making in mind, enabled Mrs. Johnson to be a change-agent who harnessed the power of […]

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A Study of Eight, The Untold American Story, EDGE Afropolitan, EDGE Remembers, EDGE-ucation

Fashion Culture | Donyale, Naomi, and Beverly – Fashion’s First Black Supermodels

The Black community did not have model representation in mainstream fashion magazines until the tumultuous time of the 60’s when Donyale Luna, Naomi Ruth Sims, Beverly Johnson were the first Blacks to grace the covers.  Black beauty had been denied to enter this space for so long, so finally, there was inclusion, respect, and recognition, […]

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A Study of Eight, The Untold American Story, EDGE Afropolitan, EDGE Remembers, EDGE-ucation

Fashion Culture | W.E.B. Du Bois’ Exposition des Nègres d’Amérique Transformed the World’s View of Black in America

In 1900 a transformation of Black identity and the world’s view of Blacks in America took center stage at the 1900’s World’s Fair in Paris.  A perception of Blacks in America was manifested through photojournalism and visual data witnessed by the outside world looking in.  Those in the Black community validated that perception by leveraging […]

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A Study of Eight, The Untold American Story, EDGE Afropolitan, EDGE Remembers, EDGE-ucation

Fashion Culture | A Study of Eight, The Untold American Story

A Study of Eight is a literary composition advancing the study of African Americans’ contribution to fashion history. Eight American stories cover people and events of cultural and historical significance occurring between 1880 and 1980 against the backdrop of the post Reconstruction era to beyond the Civil Rights Movement (CRM).  These stories represent the voices […]

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EDGE Afropolitan, EDGE Radar, sustainable EDGE

The Power of Cloth and Why We Should Care | EDGE Talks to Abiola Onabule

In an age of socioeconomic inequalities, climate crisis, and a pandemic, characterized by accelerated technological advances and new working models, design plays a crucial role in supporting the ways we care for ourselves, each other and the planet.  Managing resources equitably and sustainably is vital for ecological resilience. The Design Museum, United Kingdom, Designers in […]

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EDGE Afropolitan, EDGE Market & News

Africa | The Emerging Fashion Market

Out of Africa comes an emerging fashion market which plays an important role in this global enterprise. This market is true to the African culture and the consumers are responding to the newness that African designers present against the sea of sameness so prevalent in the industry. Redefine your perception of Africa.  With the growth […]

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EDGE Afropolitan, EDGE Market & News, EDGExposition

EDGE Out of Africa

The industry needs fresh blood. Armani is tired. Galliano is trying to resuscitate himself. McQueen is gone. Gucci is failing to reinvigorate and Prada needs a new creative team. It’s time for the big fashion investors to start looking to Africa. Not appropriating our themes, but taking on our design talent. – Johannesburg designer David […]

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EDGE Afropolitan, EDGE Radar

EDGE Talks to Designer Marion Ayonote

Nigerian born and educated Marion Ayonote designs beautifully innovative and feminine footwear.  There is a need for each of these unique pieces to reflect the personality, lifestyle and aspirations of its owner.  With offices based in London, Marion Ayonote creates collections that appeal to Women the World over and her approach to design has been […]

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