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Willi Smith

Fashion Walk of Fame

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 16, 2012
1. Willi Smith Marker
Inscription. Willi Smith was inspired, he said, not by Paris but by Sunday church in Harlem. His WilliWear line, founded in 1976, was characterized by loose silhouettes in brightly colored fabrics. Exuberant and witty, his clothes were sophisticated, yet inexpensive. Signature garments, such as violet linen blazers and loose cotton separates, appealed to both men and women. His “street couture” had a significant impact on fashions in the 1980s.
 
Erected 2002.
 
Location. 40° 45.196′ N, 73° 59.335′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker can be reached from Seventh Avenue. Click for map. This marker is located in the sidewalk on Seventh Avenue between West 37th Street and West 38th Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 7th Avenue, New York NY 10018, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lilly Daché (a few steps from this marker); Perry Ellis (a few steps from this marker); Mainbocher (within shouting distance of this marker); Norman Norell (within shouting distance of this marker); Claire McCardell (within shouting
Willi Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 16, 2012
2. Willi Smith Marker
distance of this marker); Halston (within shouting distance of this marker); Rudi Gernreich (within shouting distance of this marker); Donald Brooks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  Willi Smith - Answers.com. Rising quickly in the fashion world to become one of the industry's most successful young designers, Willi Smith was part of a vanguard of hip young black designers who first made their mark in the late 1960s. The sportswear he created for WilliWear Ltd. in the 1970s and 1980s was noted for its relaxed, street-smart, and often oversized look that made it functional but fun. (Submitted on August 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. fashion designer
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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