Video: Ruby Bailey Highlighted At NY Museum

March 27, 2023

The late Ruby Bailey — who moved to New York in 1912 and went on to become a famous designer — has been highlighted at the Museum of the City of New York.

The CBS website said, “As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we spotlight a fashion designer from Harlem whose work brightened our city streets from the 1930s through the 1990s.

“She never achieved great fame and fortune beyond the city, but she influenced generations of artists and designers.

“Ruby Bailey grew up during the great Harlem Renaissance when intellectual pursuits and art and culture thrived.

“She was 7-years-old in 1912 when she arrived in New York City from Bermuda. She was an actress and a painter, but her main focus was fashion. Her work was inventive and bold, with much of it lovingly Afro-centric.

“Her works of wearable art caused a sensation in Harlem, but whites dominated the larger fashion industry, which did not make room for Bailey.

“Her work is now getting noticed with a career-spanning collection at the Museum of the City of New York.”

You can read the full story here on CBS.

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  1. ella says:

    My pet peeve is my need to spell names correctly. Is her last name spelled Baily or Bailey? Was she born in Bermuda? Let us come correct with Ms. Ruby!!