Eunice  Johnson was co-owner, with her husband, of Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company, the publisher of Ebony Magazine. She founded the Ebony Fashion Fair (EFF) in 1958. The annual fashion show featured male and female models of mostly African-American descent modeling fashions from top European designers such as: Yves St Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino and Emanuel Ungaro. Johnson's aim was to bring high fashion couture to the African-American woman who often didn't have access to the best shops and to provide access to models of color.

Many African-American fashion designers got their start with the show including Stephen Burrows, Patrick Kelly and Willi Smith. The EFF ended in 2009 after the death of Ms. Johnson. Since her passing, Johnson Publishing has been gradually deaccessioning the fashion archive. This 1980s collection from Madge includes some of the last pieces that were made available.
$ 1,195.00

1980s Geoffrey Beene Couture Opera Coat & Jumpsuit, from the Ebony Fashion Fair

This opera coat is timeless, the jumpsuit is totally 80s chic

Approx. Size: - Coat- Fits Most, Jumpsuit - Small.  Please see measurements below

Condition: Very good, one faint stain on bottom rear of coat.  Not noticeable when worn.

Mark/Label: Geoffrey Beene

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Sensational reversible satin opera coat with matching black knit and satin jumpsuit from famed designer Geoffrey Beene. Open opera coat is absolutely stunning. One side is plain black Reverses to chartreuse and blue color block. Sleeves can be cuffed to show the alternate color. Coat has a double-sided medallions in blue and green that are top stitched in a coiled effect.

Jumpsuits are back in style and this one is a 1980s classic. Scoop neck bodice and sleeves are in black knit jersey. Bottom is a balloon pant style in black satin with chartreuse and teal polka dots that match the coat. Front zipper with hook and eye at neck. Rolled hem.   The jumpsuit is so 80s, the coat is timeless.

Geoffrey Beene, born in Louisiana in 1927. After dropping out of medical school he moved to Los Angles and studied fashion design. He later studied in New York City and Paris. He founded his firm, Geoffrey Beene, Inc., in New York City in 1963. A year later, he was awarded the Coty American Fashion Critics' Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the field of fashion. His first collection was featured on the cover of Vogue Magazine. Beene's clients included Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Nancy Reagan, Faye Dunaway and Glenn Close.[ In 1968, he designed Lynda Bird Johnson’s wedding dress. Beene was known as both an innovator and a teacher. Several of his former apprentices such as Kay Unger and Alber Elbaz are now successful fashion designers.
Eunice Johnson founded the Ebony Fashion Fair (EFF) in 1958. Johnson was co-owner, with her husband, of Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company, the publisher of Ebony Magazine. The annual fashion show featured male and female models of mostly African-American descent modeling fashions from top European designers such as: Yves St Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino and Emanuel Ungaro. Johnson's aim was to bring high fashion couture to the African-American woman who often didn't have access to the best shops.   Many African-American fashion designers got their start with the show including Stephen Burrows, Patrick Kelly and Willi Smith. The EFF ended in 2009 after the death of Eunice Johnson. Since her passing, Johnson Publishing has been gradually deaccessioning the fashion archive. This collection from Madge includes some of the last pieces that will be made available.


Approximate Measurements Taken Flat:
Opera Coat: One Size fits most
Shoulders: 19"  (48 cm)
Length – Center Back: 60”  (152 cm)
Sleeve Length: 24”  (63.5 cm)

Jumpsuit: Size Small
Shoulders: 17"  (43 cm)
Bust: 15"  (38 cm)
Waist: 14"  (35.5 cm)
Hip: 22"  (56 cm)
Length – Center Back: 56"  (142 cm)
Sleeve Length: 23"  (58 cm)
Width of Pant at hem: 9"  (23 cm)
Front Zipper Length: 23"  (58 cm)

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$ 500.00

1990s Geoffrey Beene Black & White Coat, From the Ebony Fashion Fair

This piece was used in an Ebony Fashion Fair and and in the collection by Eunice Johnson.  Stylish silk hip-length coat by noted fashion designer Geoffrey Bean. Jacket is an a-line style with rounded hem that is shorter in the front. Print is a black and white spotted animal print in silk with an overlay of another soft felt like fabric for a sophisticated dimensional animal print. Black silk lining. This jacket will work will either with cocktail attire or jeans. 


Other than the Beene logo there are no fabric or sizing labels. Jacket comes with the cream Anne Klein leather belt it was shown with. Jacket has large rounded neck. Two 1.5" round silk buttons in black. Inline pockets and back vent. Based on the design of the label, this jacket is from the early 90s.

One One Available - Buy Now!

Approximate Measurements Taken Flat:
Shoulders: 18"
Bust: 22"
Waist: 22"
Hip: 22"
Length – Center: 30” in front; 33" in back
Sleeve Length: 24”

Belt: Length: 37", 1st hole is 30"; Width: 2", Buckle: 3" x 2.5"

Condition: Jacket is in very good shape. Belt has minor wear particularly on the buckle.

Mark/Label: Geoffrey Beene, belt is stamped Anne Klein

Geoffrey Beene, born in Louisiana in 1927. After dropping out of medical school he moved to Los Angles and studied fashion design. He later studied in New York City and Paris. He founded his firm, Geoffrey Beene, Inc., in New York City in 1963. A year later, he was awarded the Coty American Fashion Critics' Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the field of fashion. His first collection was featured on the cover of Vogue Magazine. Beene's clients included Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Nancy Reagan, Faye Dunaway and Glenn Close.[ In 1968, he designed Lynda Bird Johnson’s wedding dress. Beene was known as both an innovator and a teacher. Several of his former apprentices such as Kay Unger and Alber Elbaz are now successful fashion designers.

 

 

The Ebony Fashion Fair (EFF) was founded in 1958 by Eunice Johnson, co-founder with her husband of Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company, publisher of Ebony Magazine. The annual fashion show featured male and female models of mostly African-American descent modeling fashions from top European designers such as: Yves St Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino and Emanuel Ungaro. Johnson's aim was to bring high fashion couture to the African-American woman who often didn't have access to the best shops.

 

 

Many African-American fashion designers got their start with the show including Stephen Burrows, Patrick Kelly and Willi Smith. The EFF ended in 2009 after the death of Eunice Johnson. Since her death, Johnson Publishing has been gradually deaccessioning the fashions . This collection from Madge includes some of the last pieces made available.

 

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$ 400.00

Leopard Pony Print & Gray Cashmere Cape from Ebony Fashion Fair

Double-sided cape/shawl in luxurious cashmere.

Approx. Size: 5' long x 30" wide

Condition: Wear across the middle of the leopard side. Probably from being folded over a hanger for a long time.

Mark/Label: None

One of kind Vintage Item - Get it before it's gone

Luxurious large fux leopard shawl. One side is a faux leopard print in pony. The reverse is gray cashmere. The edge on each side is in the reverse material for an additional pop of color.

Eunice Johnson founded the Ebony Fashion Fair (EFF) in 1958. Johnson was co-owner, with her husband, of Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company, the publisher of Ebony Magazine. The annual fashion show featured male and female models of mostly African-American descent modeling fashions from top European designers such as: Yves St Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino and Emanuel Ungaro. Johnson's aim was to bring high fashion couture to the African-American woman who often didn't have access to the best shops.
Many African-American fashion designers got their start with the show including Stephen Burrows, Patrick Kelly and Willi Smith. The EFF ended in 2009 after the death of Eunice Johnson. Since her passing, Johnson Publishing has been gradually deaccessioning the fashion archive. This collection from Madge includes some of the last pieces that will be made available.

 


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$ 195.00

Missoni Knit Skull Cap from Ebony Fashion Fair

Marvelous knit cap by Missoni in their famous zig zag design

Approx. Hat Size: Stretches to fit most. 11" x 7" (28 x 17.5 cm)

Condition: Very good

Mark/Label: Missoni, made in Italy

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Knit scull cap in wonderful fall colors of brown, rust and gold. Wool, mohair and nylon. New old stock with tags. Used during an Ebony Fashion Fair.

Coordinates with the  Missoni knit handbag shown in photos.

Missoni is a high-end Italian fashion house based in Varese, and known for its colorful knitwear designs. The company was founded by Ottavio ("Tai") and Rosita Missoni in 1953.

Eunice Johnson founded the Ebony Fashion Fair (EFF) in 1958. Johnson was co-owner, with her husband, of Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company, the publisher of Ebony Magazine. The annual fashion show featured male and female models of mostly African-American descent modeling fashions from top European designers such as: Yves St Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino and Emanuel Ungaro. Johnson's aim was to bring high fashion couture to the African-American woman who often didn't have access to the best shops.

Many African-American fashion designers got their start with the show including Stephen Burrows, Patrick Kelly and Willi Smith. The EFF ended in 2009 after the death of Eunice Johnson. Since her passing, Johnson Publishing has been gradually deaccessioning the fashion archive. This collection from Madge includes some of the last pieces that will be made available.

 

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$ 900.00

Vintage Couture Claude Montana Coat & Pant Ensemble from the Ebony Fashion Fair, Size 44

Fabulous wool coat and pants in vivid purple by famed 80s designer Claude Montana. This set was used at the Ebony Fashion Fair in the 1980s.

Long coat with wide rounded shawl color. Coat has a metal hook closure at the waist with an additional hook & snap in the middle of the lapel for additional coverage if you aren't wearing a shirt. Coat flairs out from the hips with vertical pleats on each side of the front. Very flattering look. A faux pocket on each side of the front. Slight dolman sleeve. Purple acetate lining.  Matching purple belt with antique silver metal buckle.  

Pants are wide leg with a high waistband that is 2.5". Side metal zipper. Long darts on front and back give these pants a very tailored look. In-line pockets.    Acetate lining

NOTE:  Belt has been altered to close with a snap.  Buckle has been disabled.

Approximate Measurements Taken Flat:

Jacket:
Shoulders: 18" (48 cm)
Bust: 17.5"  (44.5 cm)
Waist: 15" (38 cm)
Hip: 20"  (51 cm)
Length – Center Back: 33”  (84 cm)
Sleeve Length: 24”  (61 cm)

Pants:  (Very small size)
Waist: 14.5"  (37 cm)
Hips: 22"  (56 cm)
Length" 119" (Pants are not hemmed)
Pant Width at hem: 6" (15 cm)
Zipper" 9.5"  (24 cm)

Belt:
Length: 34" (86 cm); Width: 3" (7 cm), buckle 4" x 4"  (10 x 10 cm)

Condition: Very good. One very small hole on right sleeve

Mark/Label: Claude Montana Paris, made in Italy

Montana, born in Paris in 1949, got his start in London the 1960s selling his line of Papier-mâché jewelry. Back in Paris at the start of the 1970s he worked with the leather accessory company. MacDouglas. He launched his own line in 1977 and become famous as one the most important designers of the 1980s. His clothes were known for their powerful. masculine lines. Jackets usually had shoulder pads. His designs were highly prized by high powered women. In the late 80s he also designed for Lanvin for several years.

The Ebony Fashion Fair (EFF) was founded in 1958 by Eunice Johnson, co-founder with her husband of Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company, publisher of Ebony Magazine. The annual fashion show featured male and female models of mostly African-American descent modeling fashions from top European designers such as: Yves St Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino and Emanuel Ungaro. Johnson's aim was to bring high fashion couture to the African-American woman who often didn't have access to the best shops. 

Many African-American fashion designers got their start with the show including Stephen Burrows, Patrick Kelly and Willi Smith. EFF ended in 2019 after the death of Johnson. Johnson Publishing has been gradually deaccessioning the fashions since that time. This collection from Madge includes some of the last pieces made available.

    

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$ 295.00

Missoni Knit Satchel Messenger-style Shoulder Bag from Ebony Fashion Fair

Fun and stylish knit handbag by Missoni in their classic zig zag knit pattern

Approx. Size 14" x 15"; strap 1"; total hang 20"

Condition: Very good

Mark/Label: Missoni, made in Italy

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Missoni satchel style knit handbag in brown, tan, cream and gray. Wool, mohair and nylon.  Fold over top with no clasp. One large compartment. Woven strap. Tan fabric lining. This cap was used in an Ebony Fashion Fair.


Missoni is a high-end Italian fashion house based in Varese, and known for its colorful knitwear designs. The company was founded by Ottavio ("Tai") and Rosita Missoni in 1953.

Eunice Johnson founded the Ebony Fashion Fair (EFF) in 1958. Johnson was co-owner, with her husband, of Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company, the publisher of Ebony Magazine. The annual fashion show featured male and female models of mostly African-American descent modeling fashions from top European designers such as: Yves St Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino and Emanuel Ungaro. Johnson's aim was to bring high fashion couture to the African-American woman who often didn't have access to the best shops.

Many African-American fashion designers got their start with the show including Stephen Burrows, Patrick Kelly and Willi Smith. The EFF ended in 2009 after the death of Eunice Johnson. Since her passing, Johnson Publishing has been gradually deaccessioning the fashion archive. This collection from Madge includes some of the last pieces that will be made available.


A coordinating Missoni knit cap shown in the photos is available here

  

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