ANN LOWE – from Jim Crow South to high society fashion designer (Virtual Chautauqua Talk)

Tuesday July 13, 2021

7 – 8:30 PM

Presented by Rosylin Weston

Join an audience that loves talking back to history to discuss Ann Lowe high society fashion designer presented by Rosylin Weston. When Ann Lowe designed and produced Jacqueline Bouvier’s wedding dress, very few knew her name. No one but her staff knew of the disaster that preceded the delivery of that now-historic wedding dress to the home of the bride. Even fewer knew that she was the great-granddaughter of a former slave.

For any designer, designing the wedding dress to be worn by Jacqueline Bouvier, future First Lady of the United States, for her marriage to John F. Kennedy would be a lifetime achievement. For Ann Lowe, it became a statement. The iconic gown would become the most photographed wedding gown in American history proving that (in Ann’s own words), “a Negro can become a major dress designer.”

No one in the small town of Clayton, Alabama could have dreamed of the heights this little black girl in the Jim Crow South would achieve, but from an early age she recognized her dreams. Armed with a great inner strength and natural talent, she rose above all obstacles and forged her own future.

The event is Free and will feature audience Q & A.

Registration required.

After the event everyone who has registered will receive an email with a link to the presentation that will be available for two weeks only.

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