Tracy Reese, B. Michael, Byron Lars, Edward Wilkerson and Stephen Burrows are five of the top Black names in fashion today. Together, these designers have a catalog of celebrity clients, including First Lady MIchelle Obama, Cicely Tyson and Beyoncé Knowles. For the January issue, ESSENCE brought together these tastemakers as well as their muses for a special feature.

Go behind-the-scenes to find out the inspiration behind their work.