A woman’s power lies in her ability to create
Jackie Kennedy chose New York designer Ann Lowe to create the Perfect Gown for her Special Day.
The Dress, cited as one of the memorable bridal gowns of all time, was made from approximately 50 feet of ivory silk taffeta.
photo: Ann Lowe, Designer
Little is known about the woman who led a quiet life yet made her mark in her ability to ‘create’.
Anne Lowe (born Anne Cole Lowe, 1898-1981) was an African-American fashion designer who designed the wedding dress for Jacqueline Bouvier when she married John F. Kennedy.
She was born in Clayton, Alabama the great granddaughter of a slave and plantation owner
She married in 1912 at age 14 and enrolled in a fashion school in New York City in 1917. After graduation she opened a salon in Tampa, Florida before returning to New York in 1928 where she worked on commission for stores such as Chez Sonia. In 1946 she designed the dress that Olivia de Havilland wore to accept the Academy Award for Best Actress for To Each His Own (film) — although the name on the dress was Sonia Rosenberg.
She designed for various upper crust New Yorkers including the ivory-silk-taffeta wedding dress for Jacqueline Kennedy in 1953.
She worked her later years at Saks Fifth Avenue where she was featured in a 1960 advertisement.
Felled by glaucoma she lost an eye but continued to design through 1960 for Madeline Couture and briefly operated Ann Lowe Originals on Madison Avenue in New York.