5 Black Designers Who Have Changed the Fashion Game  

From Olivier Rousteing to Sean John, black designers have been influencing the fashion industry for years.

ESSENCE.COM Apr, 11, 2017

While diversity in the fashion industry is still a work in progress on all levels, Black designers have lead the charge in bringing our voices and distinct style to the forefront. From Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean, to veteran Tracy Reese, these are just a few of the Black designers who’ve changed the game.

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[MUSIC] Coinage, life, well spent, presented by GEICO. From Olivio Rustan to Sean Jean, black designers have been influencing the fashion industry for years. Stella Jean is a Haitian-Italian designer whose heritage influences her clothing design The nearly 6' beauty used to be a model, but decided to make her own clothes instead of selling someone else's. Music mogul Sean Combs has been known for his flashy outfits. Combs created Sean Jean in 1999 to give the fashion industry a taste of his style. His brand became synonymous with hip hop and high fashion. The label grew to become a fashion giant. After his first year, Combs was nominated for a CFDA award, the equivalent of a fashion Oscar. The BAMA army is real and Olivier Rousteing, the creative director has recruited some A-list celebs to be a part of BAMA nation. Rousteing has been tapped to dress stars like Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and many more Tracey Reese is a designer who has long been the talk of the fashion world. But she made headlines after designing Michelle Obama's 2012 DNC Convention dress. Reese's fashions can be found in luxury department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdof Goodman, Bloomingdale's, and more. Russell Simmons, famed hip-hop mogul launched his successful clothing line platform in 1992. Simmons was influenced by preppy lines like Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. Phat Farm became one of the most lucrative urban brands in the 2000s. While black designers are a rarity in the fashion world, many have made great strides not only in their designs but in creating opportunities for other designers of color. [MUSIC] COINAGE. Life, well spent. Presented by GEICO.