After some African Americans in the fashion world criticized Michelle Obama for not wearing clothes from black designers, Michelle has worn a dress from a prominent black designer on the cover of People Magazine.
The designer is Tracy Reese. Here is some information on her from her website.
With an innate desire to create beautiful things, Detroit native Tracy Reese headed for Manhattan in 1982 to attend Parsons School of Design where she received an accelerated degree in 1984. Upon graduation, Reese moved to Paris where she apprenticed under designer Martine Sitbon while working for the small contemporary firm, Arlequin. Returning to New York, Reese worked at some of the industry’s top fashion houses, including Perry Ellis where she was the design director for Women’s Portfolio.