28 Days of Fashion : in Celebration of Black History Month
Byron Lars, Fashion Designer
I had the pleasure of meeting Byron Lars back in 2000 ( or maybe it was ’01) while here in Cleveland speaking at a local school. One of my friends called and asked me if I knew who Byron Lars was and if I wanted to meet him.
WHAT??? I only did my senior report on him, have all his patterns, a Barbie and is a true fan…do I want to meet him???
Putting on my coat and boots, I was on my way down the snowy road.
Not usually the groupie, I was in complete awe.
He asked me my name.
My response: @-@
He asked what school I went to.
My response: @-@
Then,I proceeded to babble (more than usual), I told him everything I knew about him. I don’t remember his response. I rushed out so fast, I didn’t bring my Barbie, but he did autograph one of my Vogue patterns.
The autograph says,
“Keep following your dreams, there’s a million ways to make it come true”.
I always remembered that. And I can die happy now.
I saw him again a few years later in NYC, but I didn’t speak, I just stared. Like a fashion loving groupie…..
I have a little more swag now, until we meet again, sir….and I follow him on Facebook. 🙂
California born designer, Byron Lars began designing under his own label in 1991, after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology. As part of that season’s success, Women’s Wear Daily named him “Rookie of the Year.” Retailers to carry his work include Bergdorf, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Henri Bendel, Neiman-Marcus, and Anthropologie.
Lars has designed custom clothes for Barbie dolls since 1997 and has designed at least 19 dolls.
In 2012, Lars designed dresses for Olympic gold medalists Sanya Richards-Ross, Carmelita Jeter, and Allyson Felix. Michelle Obama wore a dress from Lars’s Beauty Mark line to the 2011 September 11 commemoration and in a portrait of the First Family.
Currently, the designer continues to design for his label, Byron Lars Beauty Mark.
Stay tuned throughout the month as we educate, inspire and explore during “28 days of Fashion” here on Dru Christine: Hustle & Sew (www.druchristine.wordpress.com).
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