Miles of Style: Eunice W. Johnson and the Ebony Fashion Fair
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About the Author
Lisa D. Brathwaite is a purveyor of creative self-expression. She loves playing dress-up (still!), her family, finding herself in art spaces, and writing whatever suits her in a given moment. Miles of Style: Eunice W. Johnson and the EBONY Fashion Fair is her debut children's book. Lisa studied family and community development at the University of Maryland at College Park, graduating with a degree in Community Studies and a concentration in public policy and the Black community. She is a New Jersey native and has been designing her adult life in Atlanta, GA. Find out more at lisadbrathwaite.com.
Lynn Gaines loves creating characters, storytelling, and picture making. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she spent her childhood drawing and making doll clothes--following in her mother's footsteps, as she was an artist and seamstress herself. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Gaines has been illustrating for more than thirty years. When she's not working, she is looking for a beach, baking, sewing, or roller skating! She lives in Cleveland with her husband, Mel, and her two fur kids, Harry and Charlie.
"Brathwaite's account of Eunice Johnson's impact on Black culture is charming and straightforward, and her determination to help her community is palpable throughout. Gaines' digital illustrations are bright and colorful enhancements for the text...A compelling tale of an intriguing subject who left an indelible mark on fashion and culture." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Brathwaite's wonderfully researched picture-book biography introduces elementary audiences to the impressive life and achievements of Eunice W. Johnson, a pioneer of Black fashion and cofounder of EBONY magazine...Gaines fills the pages from top to bottom with color, pattern, and texture--well suited to the topic at hand." -- Booklist
"Eye-catching illustrations on each page featuring Black women of various skin tones and body types showcase the many inspiring outfits that made the Fashion Fair tour famous...This informative biography will be an excellent addition to Black history collections, the fashion shelves, or any celebration of innovators of the 20th century." -- School Library Journal
"[A] fashion-forward chronicle of the life of entrepreneur Eunice W. Johnson...From fashion sketches to runway views, Gaines supplies digital illustrations with an elaborate fashion-plate feel." -- Publishers Weekly