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Precious Lashley

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Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Fashion Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Lobster, Crab Cakes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
East Coast Of The United States
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/16/1926
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Fashion Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Lobster, Crab Cakes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
East Coast Of The United States
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/16/1926
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Award-winning fashion designer, manufacturer and teacher Precious Lashley set trends for women of style for more than forty years. A graduate of Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute, Lashley began her career as a couture designer for private clients in the early 1950s. She went on to study design and manufacturing at Ray-Vogue College of Design in the early 1970s before founding Lynn Stuart’s School of Dressmaking, which she named for her three children, Meryl Lynn, Iris Lynn and Robert Stuart. By 1973, Lashley was designing under her Lynn Stuart’s label and producing annual fashion shows to showcase her designs as well as those of her students.

In 1978, after receiving a first place design award from the New York Couture Club, Lashley founded Precious, Inc., featuring ready-to-wear women’s apparel. She presented her first collection under the Precious! label to upscale retailers at the Chicago Apparel Center. Marshall Field’s, Carson Pirie Scott, Joseph Shoe Salon and J.C. Penney all carried the Precious! styles.

By the mid-1980s, Precious designs were a routine feature in Fairchild Publications’ fashion trade paper, Women’s Wear Daily, Vogue and Ebony, as well as local press, including The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times and The Defender. Lashley received honors for excellence in design from many organizations, including Provident Medical Center, Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, Independence Bank, Robeson’s of Champaign, Hadassah, South Suburban Chicago Links and Ebony Fashion Fair. Lashley retired in the early 1990s and occasionally taught design workshops at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Lashley passed away on October 14, 2008.

Lashley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 16, 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Precious Lashley's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Precious Lashley lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Precious Lashley describes her family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Precious Lashley describes her parent's professions growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Precious Lashley describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Precious Lashley describes her neighborhood growing up in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Precious Lashley talks about what she did for fun
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Precious Lashley describes learning to sew as a girl
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Precious Lashley talks about attending Washington Elementary School, Ullman Junior High School, and Parker High School in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Precious Lashley describes her family life growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Precious Lashley talks about meeting and marrying Robert Junious in Tuskegee, Alabama and moving to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Precious Lashley talks about listening to Mr. Lipsey's radio program as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Precious Lashley describes her sister treating her to ice cream
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Precious Lashley describes memories of her mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Precious Lashley describes working at a uniform company and the U.S. postal service when she moved to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Precious Lashley talks about sewing and designing for her co-workers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Precious Lashley describes starting Lynn Stuart's School of Dressmaking in the 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Precious Lashley describes finding success and collaborating with designer Harve Benard
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Precious Lashley talks about producing and selling her designs to department stores in the Midwest
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Precious Lashley talks about the growing success of her brand
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Precious Lashley talks about creating garments for a boutique customer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Precious Lashley describes designing for Ebony Fashion shows in the 1980s and 1990s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Precious Lashley describes her design awards
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Precious Lashley talks about teaching design at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at Cook County Correctional Facility for Women
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Precious Lashley talks about the Precious Lashley Scholarship Fund with the Indigo Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Precious Lashley describes what she wants her legacy to be
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Precious Lashley talks about other influential African American designers in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Precious Lashley describes her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Precious Lashley describes how she wants to be remembered
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Precious Lashley talks about a garment she designed for Ebony Magazine in the 1980s for the year 2000
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Precious Lashley describes mentoring students at Chicago, Illinois' Haute Couture Fashion Show
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Precious Lashley talks about teaching herself the basics of design and fashion production
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Precious Lashley narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Precious Lashley narrates her photographs, pt. 2