Women in Fashion: Ola Hudson

This week of women’s history month I want to share a woman named Ola Hudson whose world seems invisible to people who look her up, but her story is just as profound as the rest.

Ola Hudson was a black costume designer. She designed for stars like Ringo Star, John Lennon, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, The Pointer Sisters and more.

She began her career as a dancer in Paris, then Switzerland, and later London. Later she went to Santa Monica College and studied fashion design. Ola designed the waistcoat and pant look worn by David Bowie in the 1976 film, “The Man who Fell to Earth.” She went on to design with Bowie for costuming the Isolar Tour.

She later owned a boutique on the sunset strip called “Skitzo” the store was said to have had unique finds and a London flow.

Hudson went on to design collections for major retailer lines like Henri Bendel, Fred Segal, Neiman Marcus, and Maxfield Blu. She went looking to explore into other talents like photography and poetry. She later passed on in 2009 due to lung cancer at age 62. She left behind two sons.

Although Ola’s dibbled and dabbled in this and that, she made a name for herself in the fashion industry simply by being consistent and keeping her name alive. A lot of her work is private and has a copyright on it therefore I cannot use it, but overall I want to share her story so that her name can be included in the great women in history of fashion because she indeed paved the way.

Thank you for reading this week’s blog. I appreciate the time you take out of your day to simply see what I have cooking up on each post. See you next week!


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