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The Chicago History Museum's exhibit "Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair," has just been extended, The Chicago Tribune reports. Now, locals have through May 11 to browse through meticulously tailored pieces of history, including garments from Oscar de la Renta, Yves St. Laurent, and Christian Lacroix.
"What you take away from that show is it's more than just about clothes. It's about how you feel about yourself," Linda Johnson Rice, whose mother Eunice Johnson directed the Ebony Fashion Fair, told the Tribune. "It really reflects my mother's vision: to show how beautiful African-American men and women are...You should never walk out of the house and not feel good about you."
So, what does Johnson Rice put on before heading out to her offices at Johnson Publishing Company? On the day of the Tribune interview, the style-savvy chairwoman was decked in a fur vest by Carolina Herrera, a Tom Ford turtleneck, Piazza Sempione pants, Ferragamo boots, and a leopard-print, beaded handkerchief she picked up at Ikram.
· Linda Johnson Rice: Leading Ebony and Jet into a new era [The Chicago Tribune]
· The Chicago History Museum [Official Site]
· All Ebony Fashion Fair Coverage [Racked Chicago]