Spotlight on Black Fashion Models and Designers for Black History Month

As you may know, February is Black History Month and we are shining a spotlight on African American fashion designers and models! What better way to celebrate and pay tribute than by using library resources?

The Vogue Archive is one of the many database to which you can get access through the University Libraries Home Page. In it are all of the issues of the popular fashion magazine, Vogue. The archive covers from 1892 when the magazine was created to the current issue. With the Vogue Archives, you can search by photographer, model, designer, company/brand, feature type, etc.

African American fashion designers have created an indelible footprint on the fashion industry. Among the notable names in fashion design is Tracy Reece, who has designed pieces worn by Michelle Obama. Pictured below is an advertisement from the Vogue Archives of some of Reese’s designs. For more information on Tracy Reese, read this article from New African Woman magazine:


Another famous name in fashion is Beverly Johnson. She made history in 1974 when she was the first black woman to appear on the cover of Vogue.

Tyra Banks is one of the most recognizable supermodels today, and she has been photographed for Vogue numerous times.


Supermodel Naomi Campbell

This February, take the time to reflect on how far America has come! Remember  that beauty comes in every color and size.  Also, don’t forget to check out the Vogue Archive database, available through BGSU.

To access the Vogue Archive, go to the BGSU Libraries Home Page, and click on “All Databases” on the left side of the page. Then click on “V”  under “Databases A-Z” and scroll down to Vogue Archive. Click “Connect” and you’re ready to explore!









Advertisement: Amazon fashion (amazon). (2012, Vogue, 202, 188-188, 189. Retrieved from

Cover: Vogue. (1974, Aug 01). Vogue, 164, C1. Retrieved from

Cover: Vogue. (1993, Jun 01). Vogue, 183, C1. Retrieved from

Fashion: Tall. (2002, Apr 01). Vogue, 192, 302-302, 303. Retrieved from

Meet the designer of that dress. (2012, New African Woman, , 14-15. Retrieved from