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Judith Barnes: Designer Spotlight

We shine a spotlight on Black female fashion designer Judith Barnes and her JB Couture brand. She has endless collections of dresses, gowns and cocktail dresses.

Wardrobe by Rita Vinieris & Judith Barnes © Phil Halfmann | all rights reserved

Her philosophy is simple: “fashion fades, only style remains the same”. Yet fashion still has a lot of work to do when it comes to diversifying its talent pool…

In February 2015 only 2.7 percent of the designers presenting during the New York Fashion Week calendar were Black, according to The New York Times.

White Collection from Judith Barnes Fashion Designer
Wardrobe by Rita Vinieris & Judith Barnes © Phil Halfmann | all rights reserved

By February 2018 that statistic was still under 10 percent, per “The Cut”. And there have been regular reminders why this is critical.

Amid the headlines and outcry, black fashion designers keep doing the work, creating and advocating for more inclusive fashion through their products and every single facet of their business.

About Judith Barnes

White Collection from Judith Barnes Fashion Designer
Wardrobe by Judith Barnes © Phil Halfmann | all rights reserved

Judith Barnes is an international Black female fashion designer and founder of JB Couture and her shows and presentations in Miami are quite an experience to behold.

This is due to her very extensive and varied collection of Bridal, cocktail gowns and lavish evening dresses. Judith Barnes’ collections consistently perpetuate a subtle retro feeling with each piece.

The aesthetics of her collections are reminiscent of the 1940s & 1950s and Barnes uses unique materials to create her stunning evening gowns, evening dresses and outfits.

Orange Collection from Judith Barnes Fashion Designer
Wardrobe by Judith Barnes © Phil Halfmann | all rights reserved

She is also a designer that gives back through her charitable affiliations, projects and collaborations.

Judith has given her time, energy and collaborations to support programs such as:

  • “Feed the Kids”
  • organizations to fight Breast Cancer and Heart Disease

She also supports certain scholarship funds for underprivileged youth…truly a designer with a giving heart.

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Credits

Photographer: Phil Halfmann

Creative Director: Sophia Lenore

Wardrobe Stylist: Ruthia

Hair Stylist: Sophia Lenore

Hair Assistant: Filip Kostov

Makeup Artist: Jessica Mouyal

Model: Willina

Jewelry by KONPLOTT

Makeup by Charlotte Tilbury Makeup

Hair products by Curls Poppin

Nail products by USLU Airlines

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