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The 25 Greatest Black Fashion Designers

b michael

Design Credits: b michael AMERICA

Making the jump from Wall Street to the tents of Lincoln Center is never an easy task, but b. michael took the leap of creative faith and has never looked back.

After cutting his teeth with Oscar de la Renta, Louis Feraud, and others, the Connecticut native launched his couture line in 1999 to massive critical acclaim. The combination of simplicity and glamor immediately caught on with an audience looking to add some fun to their wardrobe heading into the 21st century, and that's what b. michael's now famous dresses did. Before long, he had a clientele that included huge names such as Beyoncé, Serena and Venus Williams, Halle Berry, and Cate Blanchett. In our minds, that roster puts any stock portfolio the shame.

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