Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

Photos of the exhibition galleries
Through July 24, 2017

For fifty years, the Ebony Fashion Fair shaped a new vision of black America through contemporary fashion. This exhibition of stunning ensembles by leading designers tells the story of the fair’s creator Eunice W. Johnson, who overcame racial prejudice to bring global fashion to African-American audiences. Developed by the Chicago History Museum in cooperation with Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, presented by the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

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Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

This exhibition of stunning ensembles by leading designers tells the story of the fair's creator Eunice W. Johnson, who overcame racial prejudice to bring global fashion to African-American audiences.

Detail of ikat from The Textile Museum collections

Selections from The Textile Museum Collections

You can always find a rotating selection of objects from The Textile Museum collections on view in the museum's lower-level galleries, including many objects that have rarely or never before been displayed.

Expansive Visions: GW Collection Past, Present, Future

Organized by GW's Luther Brady Art Gallery and presented in the museum's lower-level galleries, this exhibition traces GW's history and evolution as a presenter of contemporary art through highlights from the university collection.