2017 ESSENCE Festival speaker Tina Knowles-Lawson knows a thing or two about creating fashion moments that make jaws drop and keep people talking long after the cameras stop flashing.

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The accomplished designer, stylist, businesswoman and philanthropist recently unveiled the new WACO Theater and Performing Arts Center she created with her husband Richard in Los Angeles, so it was only right that she also throw a star-studded charity gala to celebrate the center’s grand opening. While we continue marveling at the unforgettable fashion moments from Miss Tina’s Wearable Art Gala –which raised nearly $1 million for the new center, that will aim to empower young people through mentorship and art–scroll through to hear a few memories Mrs. Knowles-Lawson shared with ESSENCE about some of the most unforgettable wearable art moments led by Black women…including her thoughts on a few of her own original Destiny’s Child creations!