I would like to honor one of the most remarkable fashion designer Ann Lowe from the 50s'. Ann Lowe who would be recognized as an African-American Designer but in my eyes she is a true American in the spirit that this country would always be proud of, holding herself strong to go after her dreams and not letting the color of skin come in her way. Despite Ann Lowe struggles as a fashion designer in NY, her amazing bridal designs were loved by much high society women. Ann Lowe saw a dream and made it happen.
In 1953, when Ann Lowe got the opportunity to design Jacqueline Bouvier’s wedding gown, she was super excited. But something unfortunate happened just ten days before the wedding, a water pipe broke and flooded Lowe’s Madison Avenue studio, destroying 10 of the 15 frocks, including the bridal gown, which had taken two months to bring about the subtle details. Holding her tears, Lowe, rush ordered fabrics and worked with her team day and night on Jackie’s gown. Jackie’s wedding dress will remain on the list of most glamorous gowns in the fashion history.
Ann Lowe may re-live many centuries to come through her three designs, displayed at the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC. She was exceptional in life, in works. Born in 1898, era where things were difficult for her race. When she was 18, an NYC design school tried to turn her away after they had realized they’d admitted a black woman. But she stayed and finished early. Ann Lowe saved enough money to open her atelier on Madison Avenue in New York City. Today, same building houses designers like Calvin Klein. Without a doubt, she opened the doors to all by having her signature fashion house at the prestigious Madison Avenue in NY.
Beginning of the 1940s’ to the end of the 60s,’ people in fashion knew Lowe as society’s “best-kept secret,” designing clothing for a high-class woman like the Rockefellers and du Ponts and Hollywood stars like Olivia de Havilland. She was honest, and once she would give a price, then she would not tell client as how much money she lost due to her wrong pricing. From my lens, She was self-disciplined, determined, creative, hardworking as a person and as a designer, her eye for detail and knowledge is unmatched.
Ann Lowe left hope filled with inspiration for many others who feel powerless at times to fight their fears and become a part of the American dream where democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity, and equality prevails in everyday life.
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