Talk about exclusive.
The Ebony Fashion Show--a notorious traveling fashion show hosted by Ebony Magazine--brought couture designs and dazzle to the Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel on Northeast Multnomah Street Friday night. The clothing was so fabulous, in fact, that it couldn't be photographed. No cameras. No cell phones. The only thing snapping during the evening's fashion show were the audience's 'ooh's', 'ahh's' and a few, 'I wonder if it comes in my size?'
As the world's largest traveling fashion show, Ebony spends nine months touring over 100 cities around the country and featuring clothing from prominent designers such as b. Michael, Valentino and Angelo Marani. This year, Ebony is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a 'Glam Oddessy' theme, where they showcased styles from the 1950s to today.
Jada Collins--model and author of Be-You-Tiful: The Three-Fold Process to becoming You--played commentator to the fashion show. Collins spoke in a sultry tone and rhymed her commentary as the models strutted the runway and even performed skits that got the audience laughing.
At the height of the Ebony Fashion Show's era, celebrities such as Bill Cosby and Muhammad Ali would sit in the audience. Singer Aretha Franklin even modeled in one of the first runway shows. Friday night's local notables included the president of the African American Chamber of Commerce, Roy Jay, and Miss Black Oregon Gente' Traylor.
Here are a few audience snapshots and Ebony-supplied pro photos: