Jackie O’s wedding dress for her wedding to JFK in 1953 was designed by the African American designer Ann Lowe. She wasn’t credited openly at the time and even as a fashion designer I only just learned about her.
She also designed dresses worn by Oscar winners and debutantes. She worked for other houses and also ran her own eponymous line in New York for many years. She sought to “to prove that a Negro can become a major dress designer.” And her elite client list shows that she met her goal. She learned to sew from her mother and continued her trade even when glaucoma threatened her vision.
Had to share the history of this amazing black woman. Lighting a candle to her today.