• Melissa Imari Alvarez

Black Costume Designers, Stylists, and Other Clothing Artists You Need to be Following on Instagram

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

One thing we believe in wholeheartedly here at An Invincible Design is the power of storytelling through clothing. There is so much to be said about what we wear and what we've worn throughout history. There is more to fashion beyond materialism.

The purpose of this list is simple, but hopefully helpful and inspiring: to highlight some of the Black storytellers who are masters of clothing. I am creating this list solely based on the accounts I am already following at the time of writing this. But please share any others you'd like to see on this list, and we will update accordingly! You can share your recommendations in the comments below, via the "Contact" link above, or by emailing aninvincibledesign@gmail.com.

Happy reading!

Costume Designers

Ruth E. Carter (@therealruthecarter)- Costume Designer and 2019 Oscar Winner for Black Panther; also known for Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing, Selma, and Amistad

Paul Tazewell (@paultazewell)- Costume Designer for stage and film and 2016 Tony Award winner for his work on Hamilton; also known for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, and the upcoming West Side Story reboot

Trayce Field (@traycegigifield)- Known for Dead to Me, AJ and the Queen, 2 Broke Girls, and the upcoming movie, Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar

Emilio Sosa (@esosafashion)- Afro-Latino Broadway and Fashion Designer, Tony Award Nominee, and Project Runway alumnus

Taylor Moten (@taylormadecostumes)- Costume Designer and FX Artist who also runs a beautifully curated Instagram full of couture and avant-garde fashions

Derica Cole Washington (@dericacolewash)- Known for Twenties, Insatiable, and Boy Genius.

Mercedes Cook (@mercedes_robeta)- Known for The Chi.

Shiona Turini (@shionat)- Known for Queen & Slim, Y: The Last Man, and Insecure.

Jennifer L. Bryan (@veryjennystyling)- TV & Film Costume Designer for Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Genius: Aretha, and The Society

Ayanna J. Kimani (@ayannajkimani)- Costume Designer for Council of Dads, Queen Sugar, and Insecure.

Sharen Davis (@mochee222)- Known for her work on Dreamgirls, The Help, and Django Unchained.

Kara Saun (@kara_saun)- Costume and Fashion Designer, known for her work on Disney’s The Descendants movies.

Rahimah Yoba (@rahimahyoba)- Costume Designer for Uncorked and Empire.

Michelle Cole (@michellecolecostumedesign)- Costume Designer of Black-ish, Grown-ish, Martin, In Living Color, and more!

Nancy Butts Martin (@nancybmar)- Known for her work on Raven’s Home, That’s So Raven, and The Cheetah Girls 2

Ceci (@ceci_designs)- Costume Designer-Creator of iconic looks from A Different World, Living Single, Sister Sister, Dear White People and most recently Mixedish

Janelle Nicole Carothers (@icurenudity)- Known for All Rise, L.A.’s Finest, and If Not Now, When?

Danielle Hollowell (@daniellehollowell)- Known for Little, Girls Trip, and The Best Man.

Provi Fulp (@provifulp)- Afro-Latina Costume Designer for Black Lightning, Love Is, and Christmas on the Square.

Rita McGhee (@ritamcgheeofficial)- Emmy nominee for her work on Empire.

Alita McGhee Bailey (@fashionalita)- Costume Designer/ACD for Local 892

Yolanda Braddy (@1yolababy)- Costume Designer of the iconic 90s TV series, Moesha.

Zerina Akers (@zerinaakers)- Costume Designer and Stylist, well known for her work with Beyoncé, Chloe x Halle, and for the looks curated for “Black is King”


Jennifer Austin (@jlynnstyle18)- Celebrity stylist whose clients include Angela Bassett, Chante Adams, and Adina Porter

Ade Samuel (@adesamuel)- Clients include Justine Skye, Michael Ealy, and Letitia Wright

Wayman D.B. and Micah McDonald (@waymanandmicah)- Clients include Tessa Thompson, Regina King, and Kelly Marie Tran

Solange Franklin Reed (@solangefranklin)- Clients include Tracee Ellis Ross, Venus Williams, and Michelle Pfeiffer

Jason Rembert (@jasonrembert)- Stylist for Lizzo, Issa Rae, and Michael B. Jordan, among others.

Jason Bolden (@jasonbolden)- Creative Director/Co-Founder of JSN Studio; Stylist to Yara Shahidi, Ava DuVernay, Cynthia Erivo; recurring judge on Netflix's "Next in Fashion"

Fashion Illustrators & Costume Concept Artists

Phil Boutte (@phil_boutte)- Has provided concept art for Black Panther, X-Men, Inception, among others.

George Hilton III (@_georg13)- LA based artist, well known for his Cynthia illustrations

Jocquillin Shaunte (@jocquillinshaunte)- Fashion and beauty illustrator.

Ashley A. Woods (@ninjatrip)- Artist for comics and television

Nicholle Kobi (@nichollekobi)- Afro-French artist based in NY whose goal is to use her art to convey the culture, Afro-heritage, and aesthetic of blacks with no cliche or stereotypes

Sacrée Frangine- Célia Amroune and Aline Kpade (@sacree_frangine)- A creative duo of artistic directors and illustrators inspired by portraits, still lifes, and feminine themes that explore the beauty of simple things and everyday life

Raphael Phillips (@jehutysan)- Senior Character Artist and Costume Illustrator

Fashion Designers

Olivier Rousteing (@olivier_rousteing)- Creative Director of Balmain

Rihanna (@fenty, @savagexfenty)- with her luxury line, Fenty, Rihanna became the first Black woman to create a brand with LVMH

TJ Walker, Jr. (@tjwalkerofficial)- Professor and Public Speaker, co-founder of streetwear brand Cross Colours

Kevan Hall (@kevanhalldesign)- An American fashion designer from Detroit known for special event gowns as seen on the red carpet.

Angela Dean (@iamangeladean)- Celebrity Fashion Designer to the stars and Creator of Shaped by an Angel shapewear

Maxwell Osborne (@maxwellosborne)- Co-founder of Public School, a NYC-based streetwear brand

Kerby Jean-Raymond (@kerbito)- Founder of Pyer Moss

Black Design Collective (@black_design_collective)- Founded by established designers Angela Dean, Kevan Hall, and TJ Walker, the Black Design Collective is a platform for designers of color to develop, produce and market their products globally as well as create a mentorship program for aspiring designers.

Jewelry Designers Douriean (@douriean)- Adornment artist, specialty jeweler for Marvel's Black Panther; made history as the first Jeweler to join the Motion Picture Costumer Union, Local 705

Areeayl Goodwin (@areeayl, @beadsbyaree, @whimbyaree)- Designer, founder of her own jewelry and clothing lines. Work featured in Beyoncé’s “Black is King”

Bloggers/ Entrepreneurs

Grasie Mercedes (@grasiemercedes)- Afro-Latina Actor, Writer, and Filmmaker

Frederique Harrel (@freddieharrel)- Entrepreneur, Creator of RadSwan conscious beauty brand built with, and for the Global African Diaspora

Ada Rojas (@allthingsada)- Afro-Latina, Owner & Founder of Botanika Beauty

Nichelle Gainer (@vintageblackglamour)- Writer, creator of the Vintage Black Glamour website

Chelsea Olivia (@chelseaolivia13)- Travel & fashion blogger

Keira Wood (@islandsewcialist)- Sewing, DIY, Trashion, Sustainability, Island Living

Melissa’s Wardrobe (@melissaswardrobe)- Celebrity fashion stylist, blogger, interior decorator

Mena Adubea (@mena_adubea)- Ghanaian Beauty and Lifestyle content creator

Dede Signature (@dedemomboss)- Nephrology RN; Fashion & Beauty content creator

Nani Rogers (@melaninmakeup)- Beauty blogger

Karen Blanchard (@karenbritchick)- Fashion and lifestyle blogger, “Inspiring you to own your style”

Tamika Bates (@tymikaashlee)- Travel blogger

Charnaie (@hereweeread)- Helping you find diverse books, educational products and raise curious kids.

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