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This is a photo of Ann Lowe in the December 1966 issue of Ebony Magazine. With little more than a few years of education in the then-segregated southern schools and family sewing lessons, Lowe moved from her family’s dress shop in Alabama to Florida in 1916 where she became a premier custom dressmaker. Her gowns appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Town and Country magazines throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Ann notably created Jacqueline Bouvier’s wedding dress in 1953, which resides in the permanent collection of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. In a 1965 appearance on the Mike Douglas Show, Lowe explained that the driving force behind her work was the desire “to prove that a Negro can become a major dress designer.”  To read more about Ann Lowe and her influence on fashion, visit the Prologue blog.

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