Spotlight: African American Designers

With Black History month coming to an end, it’s only fitting that we should profile top African-American designers….

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Amsale Aberra  is known for her modern version of the classic fairytale bridal gown. Her gowns have adorned brides such as Bethany Frankel and has starred in many films including “When in Rome” and “The Hangover”.  Born in Ethiopia, Amsale came to the United States to follow her love of fashion design. Her quest to follow her passion started with her own wedding dress. After designing her own simple, yet elegant gown, Amsale took her vision of the modern bride worldwide. Simple, yet elegant and sophisticated, Amsale’s bridal line is truly one for the understated yet fabulous bride. And she has only expanded her empire.  Her works of art now include Christos, Kenneth Pool her couture Amsale Blue Label and the Little White Dress. You can find her collections in Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Kleinfeld’s to name a few.  Whether you’re looking for something simple or extravagant, Amsale’s “forever modern” designs are sure to satisfy any bride.

To learn more about Amsale and her collections, visit her website here»

Amsale bridal gowns


Stephen Burrows is one of the first African-American designers to become very well-known. A graduate of FIT, Stephen started as a visual director at Henri Bendel’s and after gaining recognition for his works of art. His clientele has included Cher, Diana Ross and Liza Minelli. Stephen Burrow’s designs are known for their artistic value. He is inspired by many muses: music, dance and colors. His styles are revolutionary and impeccable and are masterpieces in their own right. A true artist and innovator in the black community of designers, Stephen Burrows is a true fashion revolutionary.

To learn more about Stephen Burrows, visit his website here»

Designer Stephen Burrows pose with models at his fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC. (February 15, 2012 - Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images North America)


Bold, daring, chic, young, sassy are all words that describe this designer. Edwing D’Angelo demands attention…and so does his designs. He has been featured In the New York Times, MTV, The Today Show and he has been recognized in the acclaimed fashion film “The Devil Wears Prada”.

To see more of D’Angelo’s works, visit his website here»


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