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Ann Lowe There are many unsung African-Americans that hold great achievements and are responsible for some of the most memorable moments in American history. Ann Lowe definitely fits into that category. She is a black fashion designer that designed the wedding dress for who many consider to be the most fashionable first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy. Lowe designed the lovely dress using fifty yards of ivory silk taffeta. She also designed all ten of the dresses for the bridesmaids; however, ten days before the wedding a water line broke at the White House and ruined all eleven dresses. Lowe worked feverishly to repair the garments in time for the ceremony. Lowe never did receive all of the credit that she deserved for her hard work. Jackie Kennedy reportedly simply told people that her dress was made by a “colored woman dressmaker” and the Washington Post merely credited her by publishing “… the dress was designed by a Negro, Ann Lowe.” Kennedy wasn’t the first high society client that Lowe designed for. She designed attire for the Rockefellers, the Vanderbilts, and she even created the gown worn by Olivia de Havilland when she accepted her Oscar for Best Actress in 1946. Lowe went on to open a store called “Ann Lowe Originals” inside of the Saks Fifth Avenue on Madison Avenue in New York. She has even had some of her designs immortalized by being placed on permanent display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Black Fashion Museum, and The Smithsonian. The talented Ann Lowe passed away in 1981 at the age of 83. Malcolm Morrow, a  Your Black World Network contributor, is a senior, criminal justice major at The University of Southern Miss.  

Meet The Black Woman Who Made Jacqueline Kennedy Iconic

Ann Lowe was a respected black fashion designer who is best known for designing the wedding dress for Jaqueline Kennedy.Ann Lowe

There are many unsung African-Americans that hold great achievements and are responsible for some of the most memorable moments in American history. Ann Lowe definitely fits into that category. She is a black fashion designer that designed the wedding dress for who many consider to be the most fashionable first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy.

Lowe designed the lovely dress using fifty yards of ivory silk taffeta. She also designed all ten of the dresses for the bridesmaids; however, ten days before the wedding a water line broke at the White House and ruined all eleven dresses. Lowe worked feverishly to repair the garments in time for the ceremony.

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