To wrap up Black History Month, people gathered Wednesday at Macy's, Downtown, to celebrate black style through the decades and to highlight the impact of African-American culture on fashion. The main attraction was a panel discussion featuring journalist Constance White, former editor-in-chief for Essence magazine; Beverly Johnson, the first black model to grace the cover of Vogue 40 years ago; and Demeatria Boccella, co-founder of Utopia Model Agency and producer of the annual Pittsburgh-based FashionAFRICANA event. Stephanie Taylor, who heads the fashion retail management and fashion design programs at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, served as emcee.
"We need to nurture, strengthen and support African-American designers," Ms. Boccella said. Makayla Wray, Tereneh Mosley, former Post-Gazette fashion editor LaMont Jones, Darnell McLaurin and Kilolo Luckett were among those in the at-capacity audience.
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