Today we mourn the death of Eunice Johnson.
The 93-year-old matriarch of Johnson Publishing and widow of John H. Johnson named Ebony magazine and served as secretary for Johnson Publishing. She died Sunday.
But we fashionistas thank her for the Ebony Fashion Fair. The show - which was started in the 1950s as a fundraiser for a hospital in New Orleans - was among the first high fashion events that welcomed the African American woman and honored her dollar.
Johnson was able to secure the participation of top retailers and designers and over the years Ebony Fashion Fair became an annual event for generations of women. Since its founding, it has has produced more than 4,000 shows and raised more than $55 million for charity, according to Johnson Publishing. Last year, due to the economy, the event was cancelled.