When one thinks of black women designers, a few household names come to mind: Tracy Reese and Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs among them. But there are several other established and emerging women designers of color who are making a name for themselves in the fashion industry. Though they often fly under the high fashion radar, they are talented and deserving of recognition.
For Black History Month and ahead of Women’s History Month, we want to acknowledge the black women designers who are diversifying the fashion landscape, one thread at a time. From Rihanna-favorite Stella Jean to the fast-growing designs of Suakoko Betty, clothing lines run by black women are poised to take the style industry by storm. Here are 10 black women designers you should know.