“Black Dress” Exhibits Ten Contemporary Black Fashion Designers to Show their Influence & Impact on the Fashion Industry

Epperson at "Black Dress" Exhibit for Pratt Institute

Epperson at “Black Dress” Exhibit for Pratt Institute

LaQuan Smith

LaQuan Smith

To coincide with Black History Month, the new exhibit by Pratt Institute in Manhattan, “Black Dress” features ten contemporary black fashion designers that recognizes creativity and entrepreneurship in the field. The 10 include: Tracy Reese, Byron Lars, Omar Salam, Samantha Black, Stephen Burrows, Donna Dove, Epperson, Michael Jerome Francis, and LaQuan Smith. Pratt Manhattan Gallery has been transformed into a series of Madison Avenue-style store windows that give each designer a distinct spotlight for his or her work. Each store window features bold visions from designers who have influenced contemporary fashion around the world and who draw on the long underrepresented history of black fashion design in America. Watch the video below taken from the opening night reception on February 6th. Carlton Jones chats with Pratt Institute Fashion Professor, Adrienne Jones and fashion icon and consultant to “Black Dress”,  Walter Greene. He also chats with designers Byron Lars, Omar Salam, Epperson and tv personality, Miss J from America’s Next Top Model. Visit Pratt Manhattan Gallery and “Black Dress” at 144 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor. The exhibit runs through April 26, 2014. Follow @PrattInstitute