Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair honors the traveling fashion show that brought European couture fashions to the African-American community.

Organized by the Chicago History Museum and featuring iconic garments by Yves Saint-Laurent, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, and others, Inspiring Beauty demonstrates how fashion became a vehicle for empowerment, pride, and achievement.

Tell Your Story

The Ebony Fashion Fair came to Atlanta for 50 years. Did you attend in Atlanta or somewhere else? We want to hear your story.  What did the Fashion Fair mean to you? With whom did you attend? Do you have photos of what you wore? Click here to share your photos, stories, or audio recordings and to read about others who went to the Ebony Fashion Fair.

Support this Exhibition

In support of this exhibition, we are offering a limited number of garment sponsorships.  With a gift of $2,500 you will have an opportunity to choose a garment in the show to sponsor. For information about sponsoring a garment in the exhibition, click here.

To make a gift in support of this exhibition, click this link and select “Inspiring Beauty Individual” or “Inspiring Beauty Corporate” in the drop-down menu or contact Barbara Richardson at, 404.856.5963


Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair was 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, DC.

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