BLACK MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL OF FASHION DESIGNERS OF AMERICA (CFDA)
Black CFDA Members (From Left to Right)
Tracy Reese – originally from Detroit, MI. She remembers making clothes as she was growing up alongside her mother. Her fashion label was launched in 1998 and it produces ready-to-wear and resort wear.
Sean Combs – originally from New York. In addition to being a fashion designer, he is a rapper, producer, and actor. He started his clothing line Sean John in 1998. In 2004, it received the CFDA’s award for Menswear Designer of the Year.
Jeffrey Banks – originally from Washington, D.C. He worked as a design assistant to Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. He began his own label in 1977. He has co-authored three fashion books.
Edward Wilkerson – originally from Queens, NY. Previously worked with Donna Karen and Calvin Klein. He is the creative director of Lafayette 148. He takes inspiration from Kenya, Morocco and many other countries.
Maxwell Osborne – originally from New York City. He has a fashion label with designer Dao-Yi Chow called Public School.
B.Michael – originally from Durham, CT. He began his career as an account executive for a Wall Street firm but later decided to pursue a career in fashion. He has a couture fashion line called B. Michael America.
Stephen Burrows – originally from Newark, NJ. He was called “one of the most audacious and auspicious talents in contemporary fashion” by Contemporary Fashion.
Monique Péan - originally from Washington, D.C. Her father is Haitian and her mother is Jewish-American. She started her own eco-friendly and organic materials jewelry line in 2006.