Pratt Institute Fashion Professor Adrienne Jones was honored with the Innovative Visionary Icon of the Decade Award by African American Women in Cinema (AAWIC) for the groundbreaking exhibition Black Dress: Ten Contemporary Fashion Designers, which opened on February 6, 2014 at Pratt Manhattan Gallery and was on view through April 26, 2014. Jones received her award at the AAWIC Florida Launch Event that was held on July 30 in Miami, Florida.
Co-curated by Jones and pioneering art dealer and exhibition developer Paula Coleman, Black Dress is an unprecedented exhibition that showcases the work of 10 contemporary New York-based black fashion designers, both established and up-and-coming. The designers featured in the show draw on a long history of black fashion design in America, which dates back at least as far as the 1860s.
In addition to being honored, Jones participated in AAWIC’s fashion film panel titled “Design of the Times,” which explored the contributions of black people to fashion in both film and TV.
AAWIC, which is in its 18th year, celebrates the works of African Americans and women of color in front of and behind the camera.