Elizabeth Way

Elizabeth Way

Contributor

Elizabeth Way is Assistant Curator of Costume at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her exhibitions include, Global Fashion Capitals (2015), Black Fashion Designers (2016), Fabric In Fashion (2018), and Head to Toe (2021). Way’s personal research focuses on the intersection of African American culture and fashion. She edited the book Black Designers in American Fashion (2021). Way holds an M.A. in Costume Studies from New York University.

Isaia Rankin

American fashion tends to have a short memory for past designers, but Isaia Rankin’s influence is abundantly evident in contemporary fashion, from designer sweatshirts, to layered separates that play with volume, and functional, yet sexy, knit dresses and leggings. Furthermore, his position as a Black designer and businessman is important to emphasize in an industry that too often overlooks designers of colour.

News clipping of Isaia Rankin and a model from the August 3, 1988 issue of Women's Wear Daily