Shanghai Black Fashion Week is BACK! Get ready for another exciting weekend of parties, seminars and so many fashion shows from a diverse mix of the worlds best underground designers.
February is Black History Month! While Shanghai Black Fashion Week celebrates the fashion achievements of people of color all around the world year round, February gives us a spotlight to showcase our talents and history. This month we’ll take a ride though history as we celebrate the trends, iconic styles and landmark moments in black fashion history.
First Up, the talented Ann Lowe:
"In 1953, Lowe designed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ wedding dress for her marriage to John F. Kennedy. The voluminous, off-the-shoulder dress was constructed out of 50 yards of ivory silk taffeta. Just 10 days before the wedding ceremony a water line broke in Lowe’s New York City studio and ruined the former First Lady’s gown along with all 10 pink bridesmaids dresses. Lowe worked tirelessly to recreate all 11 designs in time for the Rhode Island nuptials. Sadly, Lowe did not get the credit she deserved for designing and creating Jackie’s all-important dress. Jackie is said to have told people that her gown was made by a “colored woman dressmaker” and Lowe was only mentioned by name in the Washington Post where fashion editor Nine Hyde simply wrote “… the dress was designed by a Negro, Ann Lowe.”
Jackie O wasn’t Lowe’s first or only high profile client. Lowe also designed for New York society families like the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts. The talented fashion designer also created the gown that actress Olivia de Havilland wore when she accepted the Oscar for Best Actress in 1946.
In the 1960’s, Lowe opened Ann Lowe Originals inside the Saks Fifth Ave department store on Madison Avenue in New York. Her amazing work still lives on in the permanent archives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Black Fashion Museum and The Smithsonian. Lowe passed away in 1981 at the age of 83."
Shanghai Black Fashion Week is not just about fashion. Our aim is to shine light on several types of artistry and skilled performers as well. Discover hidden musicians and artists already lighting up the underground scene all over China. Performing throughout SBFW enjoy, local Chinese rappers, soulful singers and popular hip hop artist.
Saturday, November 18th (SBFW Day 2)
You're on the list! Shanghai Black Fashion Week ticket holders are all welcome at M1NT nightclub and only pay 100rmb for 2 drinks at this exclusive night party spot. (Drinks typically starting at 80rmb each) Purchase drink tickets at the door. M1NT is invite only; Present your SBFW ticket or wristband at the door to receive your perks.
24/F, 318 Fuzhou Lu
near Shandong Zhong Lu
End Shanghai Black Fashion Week with a bang at one of Shanghai’s hottest nightclubs. Exclusive and massive, enjoy two rooms of music with distinct vibes and personalities. You’ve got options at this hugely popular night time spot. The party roars well into the night at M1NT, popular for their lavish events and energetic clientele. Be one of those patrons as a SBFW guests and enjoy free entrance, drink specials and an exclusive experience.
Many of our designers are students and we wanted to make sure their classmates could come support them at Shanghai Black Fashion Week. This is why we are offering students discounted tickets for each set: Friday Set, Saturday Afternoon, Saturday Night.
See the Events and Tickets page to find when your favorite designer is showing .
Please remember to provide a Student ID card at the door to receive your discount, otherwise you will be required to pay the difference.
+86 18317075129 (English)
+86 18662617766 (Chinese)
There's only two weeks left until the big show and all our designers are adding the finishing touches and perfecting their looks. Make sure your in the audience to watch this historic event!
Friday, November 17th (SBFW DAY 1)
After party open to the public!
Even if you miss all the shows, meet up with us at the free after party at EMPIRE, an urban lounge and restaurant. Complimentary drink for SBFW ticket holders! Friday ONLY!
1 Yan'an Dong Lu,
near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
15 mins walk from Yuyuan Garden - The Bund
After a full day of fashion shows and seminars, you’ll be ready to unwind in this very alluring space. New to The Bund area sits a hidden gem, a cool and classy lounge with artisan drinks and delicious food served late night specially for the SBFW crowd. Urban, modern and elegant Empire is hosting Friday nights Shanghai Black Fashion Week after party starting at 9pm. Moments after the last model leaves the catwalk, Empire will open its doors to our guests and greet them with complimentary drinks, specialty foods, special seating for VIP guest and a live DJ playing today’s hottest hip hop and trap hits. Dance the night away in celebration of diversity, creativity and fashion. Then get ready to do it all again at day 2 of Shanghai Black Fashion Week.
No stranger to the Shanghai-Suzhou scene is our headliner Benjamin Kontoh. Full or color and style, this high fashion brand has already left its mark in China.
Brush&Saccy (B|S Bespoke) is a bespoke clothing brand founded by Benjamin Kontoh in Hong-Kong in 2013 with its roots from London, England. B|S Bespoke was introduced to China mainland with humble beginnings in Suzhou city, the Venice of China- Jiangsu Province in 2014.
Benjamin Kontoh is the very first black bespoke tailor and men’s stylist in China; a graduate of the prestigious London College of Fashion; and was an apprentice at the world famous Savile Row-London.
B|S Bespoke has been steadily growing and gaining recognition among the Chinese middle, elite class and also the expat community. Focusing on bespoke suits and gowns, combining classic designs with the modern twist and individualism, a unique bespoke suit or gown is offered to every client.
Meet Melissa Hyatt (25)
Nature. Love. Naked. Three words that inspire Melissa Hyatt's couture women's brand, Naloveked. The tangible substances like oils, gold, bones, shells an other natural minerals are what contribute to the elegance and simplicity of her style. She believes that with love comes an interpersonal affection that creates a comfort for how we want to portray ourselves in our surroundings. The element of nudity brings up social considerations that involve modesty, decency and social norms. Get ready to be surprised by this up and coming, talented young and fresh designer.
What are you planning for Shanghai Black Fashion Week? I plan to take Shanghai on a journey with my 2017 collection "The Garden of Eden". Come to see a harmonious marriage between the free aesthetic of Naloveked and ancient Chinese culture, which is sure to create something undeniably dynamic.
Meet the Designers
Eggzekitive Rob clothing is an Afrocentric clothing brand founded by Katong and Karen, a team of a 3rd year Civil Engineering & Karen, a 3rd year Economics student. The brand is centered on accentuating the classic gentle male look and the elegant 21st century woman with a spicy touch of creativity. The clothing line was officially rolled out in March 2015 and was warmly received among the international populous in china, it hit over 5000 customer visits on its online store within 6 months and numerous purchases across china. The name executive spelt “Eggzekitive Rob” basically means an ‘upper high class outfit for a prominent being’ egg is a harbour of something new and a Rob is a garment that symbolized royalty in the ancient days of the bible. Eggzekitve Rob plans to bring along a new fusion to Shanghai Black Fashion Week and proudly showcase its original Zambian culture.