Influential African Americans in Fashion: Designers

Friday, February 18, 2011

Stephen Burrows: One of the few designers that have had steady and long term success in fashion is Stephen Burrows. Although he is not plastered all over the television like the more mainstream designers he has had an active hand in changing fashion forever. An article from the Canadian Press says, "Burrows was in a group of American designers who shared the runway with French designers at a 1973 show in Versailles, France. It was the first time designers from both countries had joined, giving U.S. designers a new found credibility." He describes the woman that wears his clothes as "confident. She knows how she wants to look and she's not afraid to do it."

Kimora Lee: The larger than life woman is quite the inspiration for the woman that aspires to do it all. Standing at 6 feet tall, she was subject to bullying and teaching due to her height at a young age( she was 5 feet 10 inches by age 10) and her Japanese and African American heritage. Kimora is an author, mother, reality show star, and president and creative director of Phat Fashions. Her lines include baby Phat and KLS by Kimora Lee Simmons.

Kevan Hall: Kevan Hall was born in Detroit and a student of FIDM. He launched his own line in 2002 by the name of The Kevan Hall Collection. His signature look can be described as Glamour meets modern sensibility.

Tracy Reese: Graduate of Parsons School of Design Tracy Reese launched her clothing line in 1998. She is now the designer of three lines: Tracy Reese, Frock by Tracy Reese, and Plenty which are known for their bright bold patterns, ultra feminine pieces, and clothing made for the modern woman. Her designs can be found in top department stores and speciality boutiques.


  1. Do any of these designer cater to plus size people? Also where may I find there fashions?