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  • Mikelle Drew

28 Days of Black Fashion History: Ola Hudson

Although you may not know her name, you’ve definitely seen her work. Costume designer, Ola Hudson, has played a huge role in the looks of rock n roll and popular musicians. More than that, she gave birth to one of rock’s major players, Slash of Guns and Roses. This versatile woman was not only a designer but also a trained dancer (training at Lester Horton School of Modern Dance before moving overseas to study dance in France, Switzerland and England), and a model, appearing most notably in a Dewars whisky advertisement in 1971.

Hudson was a costume designer for several big names in entertainment including Ringo Starr, the Pointer Sisters, Diana Ross and Iggy Pop. In the mid-70’s, she met and began working with David Bowie. She would design all of Bowie’s suits for the character Thomas Jerome Newton for his film “The Man Who Fell to Earth”. Hudson continued working with him during his Isolar Tour, dressing him in the black pants and waistcoat ensemble that is now iconic with his “Thin White Duke” persona.

Ola Hudson designed the outfits for this Pointer Sisters' album cover

Ola Hudson designed Carly Simon's dress for her cover of Rolling Stone in 1975