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Spotlight: Inspiring Beauty – 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

Hi Aspirers! This past weekend I had a chance to attend Inspire Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair at the North Carolina Art Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina and I was very pleased with the everything in the exhibit. I didn’t know what to expect with the fashion fair but I knew I had to attend. I went to school for fashion and it showcased a black magazine!

Before I talk about what I loved about the fashion fair let me first tell you what it is. From 1958-2009 the Ebony Fashion Fair was a traveling fashion show that came from Ebony magazine. This fashion fair was a charity fashion show gave a spotlight to African Americans showing off their beauty, style, grace, and empowerment. Through the fashion fair there were a variety of works from different designers around the world that was showcased in both the magazine and the fashion fair throughout the years such as Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Givenchy, and more. Through out this post there are some pictures I’ve took at the fashion fair and also I vlog which you can find below.

Other than the exhibit I was pleased on who came to the fashion fair. I loved seeing different ethic groups that took the time to come out and view the exhibit. This fashion fair was seen by many and appreciated by everyone that laid their eyes on the clothing, read the history, and creating conversations on what was going on. I felt like the people that took the time to come out either understand the importance or they wanted to learn how black people and our culture created a platform in fashion.

Seeing the fashion fair opened our minds that there has been more out in the fashion industry than we are a custom to. It gave blacks a light that we are more than the stereotype. BFCA3F32-0F87-44FC-8834-D2527A680646It gave everyone that came out to the fair a chance to come together and learn that we can come together to appreciate one another without problems. Ebony Magazine created a platform where we were able to purchase information at the newsstand. Ebony Fashion Fair was created and the information traveled to you and the people could physically see how we all worked together.

I hope you enjoyed reading my opinion on the Ebony Fashion Fair. If this exhibit comes to a city near you please attend! I’m glad I didn’t missed out on this experience. Don’t forget to like, comment watch the vlog down below.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

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Spotlight Interview: Truth. Life. Revolution Clothing

  

Recently I had a chance to do an interview with a street wear clothing company called Truth. Life. Revolution or TLR for short. TLR headquarters is in Winston Salem, North Carolina. This clothing company is giving Winston Salem a taste of something new and showing people fashion can come from anywhere, not just in New York, Paris, and Milan. The members of TLR are innovative, creative, and striving to create a revolution of street fashion. On April 18th, 2015 TLR will be hosting their first fashion show with another clothing company Dupp & Swat in Winston Salem, North Carolina called #MadeInWinston. Below are the few questions I asked to get a better understanding of who TLR really is! Hope you all enjoy! 

Q. What made you all decide to start a clothing line? 

A. It all started back in 2008 we came together on the campus of University of North Carolina at Charlotte. We wanted something to call their own. We spent so much money on buying other people’s clothes why don’t we make our own. 

Q. Since TLR is a clothing line do any of you have a fashion background? 

A. No, none of us have a fashion degree but I (Deante) have taken a couple sewing classes.

Q. Who inspires you?  

A. The media but mostly we inspire each other! We are all so different and we each bring something different to the table. 

Q. How did you all come up with the name Truth. Life. Revolution.?  

A. One day we were all chilling in the dorm on campus throwing out some names and someone said Truth, life, and revolution and we just all agreed. We share the same message and we want to spread the word of we are who we are.

Q. What should the audience expect at the #MadeInWinston fashion show? 

A. Something fresh and new for the city of Winston Salem. We are giving people a something different.  

Q. My last question is what are your plans on expanding your brand out of Winston Salem? 

A. Right now we are working from the inside out. Our plan is to get a representative from state to state that is willing to spread our message. Our focus is to start small and build from there. 

I see great things coming from TLR. They came together as friends in college and moved forward to create a company together. They are staying true to who they are while evolving to better themselves and wanting to create a movement not only for themselves but others as well. The name Truth. Life. Revolution fits them well. 

I hope you enjoyed reading about Truth. Life. Revolution. Keep an eye out for them and follow them on social media. 

Instagram and Twitter: TLR4ever

Facebook: Truth Life Revolution

Website: http://www.tlrevolution.com

If you are in Winston Salem, North Carolina or the surrounding area you have to check out their fashion show on April 18th, 2015. You do not want to miss this event. Tickets are only $10!!!! Hope to see you there. 

Click on the link below to purchase your tickets.

#MadeInWinston Fashion Show

  

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Recap on Greensboro’s 1st Fashion Week

Fashion week in Greensboro is over and I was happy to be a part of Greensboro’s history. I can say “I volunteered at the first Greensboro Fashion Week!!!!” Even though this isn’t the first show I worked for and it’s definitely not going to be my last I’m glad I can make this Fashion Week one of my stepping stones in moving further into my career in fashion. 

Rehearsal

Rehearsal

VIP Seating

VIP Seating

A lot of people came and saw great collections and behind everything great there are people working around the clock making sure you the viewers will be pleased. There were planning, networking, organizing, learning, teaching, scheduling, etc for this show but it was all worth it in the end. Through this experience I met great people, networked, added experience to my resume, and had a lot of fun.

Some of the volunteers I worked with

Some of the volunteers I worked with

 I made sure to capture moments to recap Friday and Saturday events by taking pictures and filming. Below I created a little recap video for those that missed the showed or for those that just wants to relive it all over again ENJOY!

 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee