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Ebony Pauses Fashion Fair's 50 Year Run
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Traditionally, the fair traveled city to city, featuring fashions from dozens of international designers and helping to raise money for local charities along the way. One civic organization in Broward, Florida told UPI that the cancellation was “devastating” because it was the top fund raiser for scholarships, cancer research and community causes. The show began in 1956 when then publisher and chairman John H. Johnson was approached to sponsor a small fashion show fund-raiser for the Women’s Auxiliary of Flint-Goodrich Hospital in New Orleans. It quickly grew into an annual tour of multiple cities with 180 sponsors. There have been over 4,000 shows in the series, staged in the U.S. Caribbean, London and Jamaica.
According to Rice, the tradition will live on. “In the coming months, we will develop a new business model to ensure that the show is a mutually beneficial endeavor. Our primary goal is to build Ebony Fashion Fair and our other brands in ways that will continue delivering meaningful insight and inspiration to the African-American community.”
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