More than 65 years later, the 1953 wedding of Jacqueline Bouvier and then-Sen. John F. Kennedy is still being talked about and adjudged “the most beautiful wedding ever.”
The first lady wore one of the most beautifully designed wedding dresses in modern history and it was created by Black designer Ann Lowe.
Ann Lowe was born and raised in Clayton, her great-grandmother was an enslaved woman. Her mother and grandmother were both seamstresses to wealthy Alabama elites and as a child, she used to design clothes with her mother’s scraps.
When Lowe was 16 her mother died, and the teenage girl had to finish her mother’s contracts. Despite segregation at New York fashion school, she excelled and Lowe’s skill for designing gowns made her invaluable to New York Society, and in 1968 she became the first Black woman to own a shop on a luxury retail strip.
Lowe’s sought-after designs
Lowe died in February 25, 1981.