Its the first day of black history month and that calls for celebration! Being black is a blessing everyday and every month but for the month of February, it's important to express that pride outwardly and learn about our culture and history past what they barely teach us all in school.
As I start my journey into the fashion world it's important that I know who opened the doors and paved the way for me so this month I will be sharing black history from the fashion industry.
Zelda Wynn Valdes
Zelda Wynn Valdes was a fashion and costume designer that received national attention for creating the first-ever Playboy Bunny costume. Zelda's craft focused on showing off the female body in seductive and curve-hugging styles. Not only did she create designs for notable black women of the '40s and '50s such as
Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker, and Gladys Knight, she also was the first black store owner on Broadway in New York with her boutique Chez Zelda. Finishing the last 20 years of her career making ballerina costumes for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Zelda gave black women a voice in a world were they weren't supposed to have one. She made clothes that didn't ignore our curves and she's did it all her way. So thank you Zelda for being a guide for us all.