"Black society was never able to participate, and Mrs. Johnson made her own society," says model Pat Cleveland, who got her start modeling for the Ebony Fashion Fair in 1965 at age 14. "She was able to express what it was like to be able to be a luxurious woman."
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) never ceases to amazing me with some of their life and style coverage – which is why the publication is one of my daily reads. Recently, Christina Binkley, WSJ Style Reporter, wrote an outstanding piece on Mrs. Eunice Johnson, cultural icon and creator of the Ebony Fashion Fair.
Some outstanding pieces that were a part of Mrs. Johnson’s wardrobe (she died in 2010) will be on display next Spring at the Chicago History Museum. The article also details her close relationship with designer Yves Saint Laurent and contains interviews with fashion luminaries Audrey Smaltz and Pat Cleveland.