Transcript for Celebrating Black fashion designers for Black History Month
Returning now to the powerhouse black designers who have influenced the fashion world for decades, although not always credited. They've been setting trends and the cutting-edge years. Deborah Roberts has more. Hey, deb. Reporter: Hey there, Michael. As you know, black culture has had a seismic impact on the world of fashion for so long from politics to the music industry, so much influencing what many of us wear. Well, finally black designers are getting a moment. Reporter: From music videos and runways. To big screens and magazines. For decades fashion trends have sprung from the black community. Fashion tells a story in the black community, doesn't it? Our dress is kind of how we communicate things about our culture, our race, our heritage. Reporter: Fashion and costume historian Shelby ivy Christie reminds us fashion is about so much more than identity sewn into its fabric are ties to activism and humanity. Something we saw in the civil rights movement. We want them to visually see the contrast of how these dogs are being sicced on us in our Sunday best. Coretta Scott king marching on Selma in her dresses and suits. She can be just as poised as Jackie Kennedy. Reporter: Then the soul brother and sister movement. Hey Reporter: And, of course, "Soul train." The '80s brought hip-hop. who were the pioneers who sort of merged hip-hop and fashion together? Dapper Dan. He took these very traditional European luxury brand textiles, take that clothing remix it and repackage it for the black audience. We wanted to be a part and take part in luxury, luxury was not trying to speak to us. Reporter: But the fashion industry soon took notice. I got Tommy jeans. Reporter: Music icons Aaliyah and foxy brown becoming the face for major ad campaigns. So there's this period of luxury now welcoming in the black consumer on a superficial level of being in ads and expose us to your audience and this grows into we just don't want to be in ads. Reporter: Black owned clothing lines began to rule. Fubo, SHAWN John and baby phat becoming household names. What about in the boardrooms. A new generation finding the light from virtual fashion shows to designers like Sergio Hudson who made it to the world stage by dressing the country's new vice president. It's such a hard industry to be in for anybody, white, black, Asian, whoever, but it's especially hard for us because of the financial constraints of our community. Reporter: And that financial piece is important. If you want to help black designers, there are a few things you can do. Patronize them, find them online. Great ones, Christopher John Rogers, just giving you a primer here. Invest in their companies. If you're into social media give them shoutouts. All about nurturing them and giving them the opportunity because that's what it's all about, opportunity. I'm glad you're shining the light on them, deb, thank you so much for that.
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