Black Fashion History Report: Anne Cole Lowe

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 · No Comments
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You know the dress, but who’s the woman behind the beautifully crafted gown? This is  Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis  1953 wedding dress. The designer was a black woman by the name of Anne Cole Lowe.

Lowe was also a Alabama native, calling  Clayton her home.  Lowe comes from a family of seamstress, her mother operated a small dress making shop. When Lowe’s mother passed away Lowe took over the shop.

Anne Lowe  designed Jacqueline Bouvier debutante dress, Bouvier came back to Lowe  when it was time to create her wedding dress. She also created the bridesmaids gowns as well.

Anne Lowe also designed the gown actress Olivia de Haviland wore in 1947, when she received her Oscar for “To Each His Own.”

Lowe has five of  her gowns currently in the collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

More of Lowe’s gowns can be seen in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, and the Black Fashion Museum in Harlem.

Anne Cole Lowe  had her own  boutique for a while. She later went to work for Saks. She retired in the 1970s and died in 1981 at the age of 83.

This is  your Black Fashion History Report.

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