Fashion Fact – Anne Lowe ( A black history fashion column )
Hello Fashionistas and Fashioners !
Today`s post is in honor of African American fashion designer Ann Lowe. This was my fashion column for one week this month and I would love for my blog supporters to get a chance to read it. Being a fashion columnist , I want to educate about fashion , not just report it. I hope you enjoy this read and see you next Sunday !
Fashion Fact : Anne Lowe
Today`s column will be a little different. With this column I hope to not only give you tips on style but to sometimes educate you on the amazing history of fashion. We are in the month of February and that means that black history is upon us. Since getting into fashion I never realized how much I did not know about the history of it. Today we will give homage to Ann Lowe. She was a African American fashion designer. Little is heard of Mrs. Lowe in today’s`s world. My first time reading and learning about Anne Lowe was during a family trip to the African American Museum in Washington, DC. She was born in Clayton Alabama in 1898 during the time of segregation. Although she grew up during such horrible times her family was well off because her grandmother and mother were dressmakers. Her grandmother`s name was Georgia Cole and her mother`s name was Janey Lowe. They then moved to Montgomery, Alabama where they started they business making gowns for the women of the state capitol. In the year of 1914 her mother suddenly died. This was a sad time and life changing time for Lowe. When her mother, Janey Lowe, died she was in the process of finishing an important order for the governor`s wife. Lowe had to step up to the plate and finish the amazing gown her mother had started. The gown came out beautiful and at the age of sixteen she took over the family business.In the years to come she would have a son and get married. According to the story, her husband actually influenced her to give up her work. This was very appalling to me however she did do as he insisted. She did continue to sew ,but instead of sewing her gowns for others she began to sew great pieces for her person clothing. These pieces were nothing short of amazing but her time for just sewing for herself would soon come to an end. One day while in a clothing store Lowe was seen by a wealthy woman from Florida by the name of Josephine Lee. Lowe`s deigns spoke for themselves. So chic and elegant, Lee inquired to her as to where she got her clothing from. She would soon find out that these pieces worn by Lowe were made by Lowe herself. Lee immediately hired Lowe as her personal dressmaker for her and her daughter. From that moment on her career took off and success became the new normal. Lee and he family would later on encourage Anne to attend design school in New York City. Her impeccable skill allowed her to finish school early and at the age of 21 she opened her own dress shop where she then employed other dress makers. Door began to open and the opportunities began to poor in. She would later go to New York Fashion Week, get a design job at Saks FIft Avenue and get one of her dresses featured in Vogue. These accomplishments led up to her opening a dress shop in Harlem, New York. It was called the “American House of Ann Lowe”. Mrs.Lowe would then have the opportunity of a lifetime. Anne Lowe is the designer of the wedding dress that Jackie Kennedy wore at her wedding. There are many years of missing information about Lowe. Nonetheless her story is one of strength and perseverance. It is truly an inspiration to me. She grew up in a time of segregation and unlawfulness and she did not let that stop her and I refuse to let that stop me. People liked her have paved a way for not only those interested in fashion but for dreamers of all races and occupations. Today Anne Lowe we pay homage to you. A fashion hero who beat the odds and raised the bar. Hardship was only a challenge for you. You can go to www.thefashionhistorian.com for more information on the life and legacy of Anne Lowe.