6 – 8 p.m.
A special tribute to the late Naomi Sims (1948 – 2009), a pioneering American model, businesswoman and author will celebrate the life, career and legacy of the first black supermodel who has strong local ties. A Pittsburgh native who graduated from Westinghouse High School and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Sims made history in 1967 when she became the first Black model to grace the cover of Fashions of the Times, a supplement of The New York Times. Continuing to work as a trailblazing leader in the international fashion history, Sims landed on the cover of Life magazine in 1969. Sims modeled for fashion icons Halston, Yves Saint Laurent, Stephen Burrows and Bill Blass, and was friends with many innovative artists and designers of the 20th century, including Andy Warhol, Billy Sullivan, Betye Saar, Elsa Peretti and Stephen Burrows. Sims, who died of breast cancer in 2009, would have turned 66 on March 30. Attendees will have the chance to mingle and network, hear a brief presentation, enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and learn more about Sims’ significant contributions to the fashion industry and African-American history, as well as her Pittsburgh connections. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Irving Penn.