Ann Lowe was born 1898 in Clayton, AL. She was the great granddaughter of a slave and plantation owner. Fast forward to 1917, Anne enrolled in a fashion school in NYC where she was shunned by her white classmates. Of course being the strong woman that she is after graduation she opened a salon in Tampa, FL and returned to New York in 1928 and became apart of the New York fashion establishment in 1950. 

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Ann Lowe was “The first African American to become a noted fashion designer”. In 1953, she designed the ivory silk tafetta wedding dress worn by Jacqueline Bouvier when she married Senator John F Kennedy. This dress is the most photographed wedding dress in history. She also designed John F. Kennedy’s suit for this special occasion. Her customers also included the DuPonts, Roosevelts, Posts, Biddles, Rockefellers, Auchinclosses just to name a few listed in the Social Register. She was known as “society’s best kept secret” because she was a black woman. 

 

 

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