#6. Zelda Wynn Valdes: First Black Fashion designer and customer.
Valdes (1905 – 2001) opened her own shop on Broadway in New York City in 1948. Some of her clients included other notable black women of her era, including Dorothy Dandridge, Marian Anderson, and Joyce Bryant. She is also most famous for designing the original costumes for the Playboy Bunnies and the Dance Theater of Harlem.