10 African-American Visual Artists You Need to Know

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Troy Smith

What’s lost, is essentially found, is the motto for fashion designer Troy Smith.  It is a maxim best characterized by his apparel for fashion retail chain, Urban Outfitters.  Since 2005, under the name D Collection, Smith has blended classic tailoring techniques with functionality and design suited to the modern urban environment.  In his latest creation for fall 2011 entitled Bonaparte Smith recreates the style of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte for the new millennium.  It is a look that redefines swag with elements of traditional sophistication and nobility.  The Cincinnati, Ohio native’s history in the fashion field extends well beyond Urban Outfitters.  In the 1990’s his designs were featured in Barneys New York and Isetan in Japan.  In addition his designs have been featured in Italian Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and on stars such as Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey.

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