For over 50 years, the Ebony Fashion Fair® traveling runway show trailblazed contemporary black fashion and beauty, permanently transforming American history on the catwalk.
By touring across North America and featuring new black designers and models, including supermodels Pat Cleveland and B. Smith, Fashion Fair® introduced an aspect of black culture that had never been highlighted on such a grand scale. Attending a Fashion Fair show afforded its attendees the opportunity to view the latest couture fashions, mingle with celebrated black models, influencers and celebrities and finally, cement their own status as supporters of the arts.
“I have a very deep and strong sense of pride from participating in this cultural transformation that changed how Black women were perceived in terms of beauty, style and empowerment,” says Faye Clerk-Mosely, a Fashion Fair® alum, who toured with the company. “The lives of millions of individuals were transformed by raising $55 million during a 51-year period of time. Our legacy and that experience was an opportunity of a lifetime…simply priceless.”
In 2012, Clerk-Mosely wanted to ensure this rich legacy of black excellence would not be forgotten. As an effort to pay homage to Fashion Fair® she created FLAIR, the Fashion Legacy Association for Industry Recognition, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. “It really means a lot to me that FLAIR is able to continue that legacy by supporting the next generation of industry contributors, showcase multi-cultural fashion designers and honor achievers who have made an impact in the fashion and design industry - many of whom who have ever received any recognition for their achievements,” elaborated Clerk-Mosely. “[FLAIR] represents a unique experience that 500 plus individuals shared over five decades. It is an experience that will never be repeated in the manner in which we presented the event throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.”
Faye Clerk Moseley
FLAIR - Founder, Chair & President /Ebony Fashion Fair Alum
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