Ann Lowe Original

African American Designer Ann Lowe Evening Gown on Mannequin
Ann Lowe Original ©Metropolitan Museum
This Ann Lowe Gown was a 1979 gift to the Metropolitan Museum by Lucy Curley Joyce Brennen.

Although Ann Lowe is best known for the ivory tissue silk wedding gown worn by Jacqueline Bouvier for her September, 1953 wedding to then-senator John F. Kennedy, she had long been a highly regarded designer for New York City's wealthiest clientele. The first African American to be recognized as a noted fashion designer, she was highly selective in choosing who wore her designs and created for generations of Rockefellers, DuPonts, and Posts. 

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