As Seen on National TV Networks, Black Fashion Week AKA Black Fashion Week USA  is not just another fashion runway event, we’re a movement which includes raising the awareness via public relations and increasing the economic and social empowerment of emerging and established designers, those who work have the gone unseen within the larger fashion industry as well as mainstream media. We create our powerful fashion movement  for all those that  come in contact with our savvy fashion brand.

Unlike your typical runway production company, our business module consists of creative online and offline promotional marketing, PR and production services.

Our high fashion semi-formal to formal  high fashion industry events  take place nationally within the US  as we visit major metropolitan cities such as Chicago, Houston, and NYC. We also make it our mission to showcase some of the finest emerging and established designers and musical artists around town.

Since our humble beginnings, we will continue to  welcome a diverse fashion network and consumer audience of fabulous designers, models, stylists, boutique owners, beauty professionals and consumers coming together to experience our unique one of a kind event experiences.

The Main Runway Events

Our fans have come to anticipate our inclusive runway shows where models of all skin tones, shapes and sizes are seen strutting down the runway in some of the most elegant yet dazzling power statement garments. Performances from local violinists set the mood while guests mingle, network, shop and nibble on sweet desserts from local chefs. All of this and more are just a few perks that come from attending our fashion fair. Did we mention that our events are all Black-tie dress code affairs? Our fans and patrons standout as the best dressed fashionistas of the evening as they take star studded pictures on our grand signature carpet that we refer to as “The Purple Carpet.”  Black Fashion Week is  more than just about the lights, camera and action; it’s always about the power of the people participating in the movement at that moment.

Our History

What started out as an idea to culturally celebrate the talent of designers of African descent in America in 2013, made its full manifestation in 2015 in Chicago, IL with 14 designers from around the US and internationally showcasing their fashion collections. Our first year was groundbreaking as we captured the attention of ABC 7 Chicago with our celebrity attending business of fashion speakers/designers  and unique runway experience. As a result, we were invited to replicate our unique event in Houston, Texas. In 2016, our platform expanded as we hosted additional runway shows to expose the talent of both urban and kids designers, along with adding public shopping events, fashion fitness workshops and model training workshops gaining the attention of both Fox 32 Chicago and Fox26 Houston.  In 2017 we continued to host our runway events in both cities and create buzz about our mission via local and national media, as well as hosting our events at historically black institutions such as the Dusable Museum of African American History in Chicago. In 2018 our focus was driven on partnering with the museum and educating the public on the history of African Americans. That year we hosted a   black fashion history panel discussion featuring mini fashions shows from trailblazing African American fashion designers coupled with small talks about live controversial fashion art exhibits featured in the museum. Continuing in the spirit of fashion history, in 2019 Black Fashion Week was proud to partner with a local church for their 34th black history program to present an African themed fashion show along with presenting the history of African head wraps with a live head wrap demonstration by participating African designers.  

Over the last five years, our platform has proven effective in accomplishing our mission. We are happy and proud to continue to provide a unique blend of services that have both exposed and celebrated the talent of minority designers via our live events, online newsletters, social media, and affiliated media outlets. 

About The Founder

Melody Boykin is a Chicago-born fashionista and the founder of Black Fashion America LLC. She has taken her education and experiences in fashion, marketing, and Black American studies to service her clients nationwide via fashion marketing and media.  She currently produces and attends fashion shows capturing and archiving the essence of fashion collections designed by African American designers. In recent years, she has been featured on several media outlets such as Good Day Chicago FOX 32, ABC7 Chicago, Madam Noir and a host of media outlets for her role in the Black Fashion Week | USA events in Chicago and Houston. She is also the founder of the “The Purple Carpet Project” which seeks to fundraise for scholarships for minority college students of color in fashion, beauty, and art via student competitions and the Black Fashion Week runway events. In 2017, Melody had the honor of receiving one of the “Outstanding Women in Fashion” awards designated by the Honorable Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court Cook County. Melody was also a speaker and recipient of the Classy Lady awards presented by a local women’s social club in the Chicagoland area and is a volunteer speaker at local Chicago Public Schools CPS for career day educating kids about the fun and exciting careers in the fashion industry.