Ebony Fashion Show coming to Owensboro

The Ebony Fashion Fair is making its Owensboro debut on Thursday night. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the H.L. Neblett Center. Dozens of well-known designers will be featured in the Ebony Fashion Fair.

Since the Ebony Fashion Fair began, the organization has donated more than $55 million to charities and scholarships, according to its Web site. This year’s tour began in September and will visit more than 170 cities through May.
The show grew from a fashion show fundraiser Ebony sponsored in 1956. The magazine’s publisher, John H. Johnson, and his wife, Eunice W. Johnson, decided to take the fashion show on tour, and the first one was held in 1958. Eunice Johnson is still secretary-treasurer of Johnson Publishing Co., and she is still involved with planning the show.  Some of the Ebony Fashion Fair models have gone on to careers in the entertainment industry, including Richard Roundtree, Diahann Carroll and Dionne Warwick.

The 51st Annual Ebony Fashion Fair is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the RiverPark Center. Tickets are $35, and the ticket also includes a one-year subscription to “Ebony” or a six-month subscription to “Jet” magazine. Tickets can be purchased at the RiverPark Center or at the H.L. Neblett Community Center. For more information, call the RiverPark at 687-2770 or the Neblett Center at 685-3197.

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