With New York Fashion Week coming to close (and it still being Black History Month), today’s post from pop culture writer Danielle Pointdujour from Clutch feel more than right. You can follow more Danielle’s work and writing here.
For Black History Month it is usually the norm to celebrate those with the biggest names, like Rosa Parks and Malcolm X. But there are others who created milestones in Black history that deserve to be celebrated. One such trailblazer is fashion designer Ann Lowe.
In 1953, Lowe designed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ wedding dress for her marriage to John F. Kennedy. The iconic dress was constructed out of 50 yards of ivory silk taffeta. As the story goes, just ten days before the wedding ceremony a water line broke in Lowe’s New York City studio and ruined the former First Lady’s gown along with all of her bridesmaids dresses. But that didn’t stop Lowe, she worked tirelessly to recreate all eleven designs in time for the Rhode Island nuptials! Yet the only mention Lowe received by name was a blurb in the Washington Post, where Fashion Editor Nina Hyde simply wrote “… the dress was designed by a Negro, Ann Lowe.”