At this imperative time in our history and the next turning point of the civil rights movement, it is important to support black owned businesses. The past decade gave rise and saw the explosion of careers of many talented black creatives who have come to the forefront of the fashion industry. Even the last three winners of the CDFA/Vogue Fashion Fund were all black designers including Telfar Clemens of Telfar, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, and Christopher John Rogers of his namesake label.
AS IF Magazine has curated a list of black designers who are currently at the forefront of their careers and continuing to dominate in the field even in the face of adversity. Here are some of the biggest rising stars and established names to have your eye on.
Christopher John Rogers was the recipient of the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. He already counts Rihanna, Michelle Obama, and Ashley Graham among his clients. His colorful use of design and creative silhouettes is quickly making him a fashion industry favorite. John Rogers has brought glamour to the next generation and can do everything from gorgeous printed sundresses to show stopping evening gowns.
Mimi Plange's approach to fashion is based on the "democratization of luxury." The Ghanaian-born designer is regularly influenced by her African heritage and reinterprets these to fit her exemplary designs. Plange launched her label in 2010 and is now celebrating a decade with her namesake label.