Despite the oppression that African Americans face every day, African Americans have continued to thrive in America, exemplifying excellence in any endeavor they put themselves into. People like Beyonce Knowles, Oprah Winfrey, and Barack Obama are shining examples of black excellence, being leaders, and pioneers in the field that they are in. In the world of fashion, many designers showcase the talent that black people bring to the table, one of them being Stevie Edwards.
Stevie Edwards is a black fashion designer based in Hyde Park, Chicago. Known for his sexy and cutting-edge clothing, Stevie Edwards is here to showcase the best of what black designers can bring in the world of fashion.
Much like any other African American in America, Stevie Edwards’ journey to the top was a long and arduous one. The young Stevie did not have a carefree childhood as he grew up on the Southside of Chicago, along with many people of color who did not receive equal opportunities as White Americans did. However, this did not stop Stevie Edwards from dreaming and aiming for the stars. He went to study in Dunbar High School, with a major in tailoring. This foray in clothes eventually leads him to continue his interest in fashion, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design at the Illinois Institute of Art.
After graduating from college, Stevie Edwards was discovered by Eunice Johnson, the legendary founder of Ebony and Jet Magazine. Johnson purchased some of Edwards’ evening gowns, which she featured in her famous International Fashion Fair Show, which made rounds around the world. This also leads to an appearance in the Oprah Winfrey Show in recognition for his designs, as well as a feature Ebony Magazine as a “Black Designer on the Rise.”
Thanks to this, many doors eventually opened for Stevie Edwards in the world of fashion. He was able to work with some of Chicago’s most influential designers, including Reginald Thomas, Keith Kendall, and Barbara Bates. Eventually, in 2008, he was able to build his own brand label, I Luv Stevie, which he describes as “a combination of one of a kind sexy, cutting edge clothes for the fashionable and upscale women.”
Stevie Edwards has had the honor of dressing many celebrities of color, including Tiffany Haddish, Diana Ross, Jody Watley, Sparkle, LisaRaye, and Chicago’s very own Terisa Griffin. His designs have also been featured in multiple editorial publications, including Vogue, Ebony, W, Hyde Park Herald, and Miami Herald, Chicago Defender, and CIE Fashion Magazine.
Having made his mark in the world of fashion, Stevie’s designs have been featured in Urban Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, and LA Fashion week. Continuing his rise to the top, Stevie is set to debut in Paris Fashion Week this upcoming September 2020.
Stevie Edwards is another shining example that the black community can look up to. With his excellence in the field of fashion, Stevie Edwards shines a light on how amazing black designers indeed can be.