To commemorate Black History Month (BHM) I will be periodically posting Style Facts regarding African-American contributions. To kick off the BHM Style Facts I have started with one of the first sucessful African American fashion designers and costume makers Zelda Wynn Valdes (1905-2001). Opening her shop in 1948 on Broadway New York City she was the first African American to own property in that area. Noted for her great skills she designed for celebrities Dorothy Dandridge, Ella Fitzgerald, Joyce Bryant, Marian Anderson, and even Mae West. Valdes even created the original costumes for the Playboy Bunnies. Checkout the vintage pic below of Mae West. Beautiful work!