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Monday, February 05, 2007

Black History Moment: Wesley Tann

Today's black history shout out goes to Wesley Tann, the first African-American designer on 7th Avenue.

Tann got started in the early 1950's and 1960's, and was known for his sophisticated, sleek clothes. He designed and created garments for opera diva Leontyne Price, Jennie Grossinger of Grossinger's resort in the Catskills, and for the wife of Greek shipping magnate Basil D. Goulandris. Super cool fact: Tann designed maternity clothes for Jackie-O. Who knew Jackie-O was so down for supporting the brown??? No wonder I like her style so much!
A flute of champagne to the memory of Wesley Tann!
PSS The Black Style Now exhibit closes February 19th, so visit before it's too late! Visit for details.