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Black History Month

In Vogue: The Harlem Renaissance

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This virtual discussion focuses on Black fashion in history during the Harlem Renaissance (1920s-30s). During this period, African Americans began to migrate from the South to the North’s new “Black Mecca” Harlem, New York. They sought to rid themselves of the sharecropper stereotype from their past and express a newfound sophistication in music, literature, politics, art, and fashion.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92904971221?pwd=cnFaNm44bVZlWkJ5K0k1UzB0d0hOdz09

Speakers

  • Shawna McGee; Fashion designer, illustrator
  • Leonard Davis; Fashion designer, artist, producer, and Black Americana collector
About SOAR

SOAR (Society of Active Retirees) is a year-round program of lectures, field trips and special events for lifelong learners. Based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, they serve nearly 1200 active members who believe that anytime is a good time to learn something new.

About Shawna McGee

Shawna McGee is a successful women’s wear designer living in New York City. Inspired by her seamstress mother, McGee studied fashion design at Cass Technical High School in her hometown of Detroit Michigan. Upon earning a full scholarship to Parson School of Design where she enrolled in the Fashion Design department.

About Leonard Davis

Leonard Davis, a native of Washington, D.C. graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology in 1973 and L'Ecole de la Chamber Syndicale De La Couture Parisienne, Paris, France in 1976. Davis was one of the first African American Fashion Designers to head a division for companies such as Adrianna Papell and Chaus Inc.