Black History Month

Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe by Deborah Blumenthal

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Back of Book:

As soon as Ann Cole Lowe could walk, her momma and grandma taught her to sew. She worked near her momma in their Alabama family shop in the early 1900s, making glorious dresses for women who went to fancy parties. When Ann was 16, her momma died, and Ann continued sewing dresses. It wasn’t easy, especially when she went to design school and had to learn alone, segregated from the rest of the class. But the work she did set her spirit soaring, as evidenced in the clothes she made, including Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress and Olivia de Havilland’s dress at the Oscars when she won for Best Actress in To Each His Own. Rarely credited, Ann Cole Lowe became “society’s best kept secret.” This beautiful picture book shines the spotlight on a little-known visionary who persevered in times of hardship, always doing what she was passionate about: making elegant gowns for the women who loved to wear them.

My Review:

This is a truly lovely picture book Ann Cole Lowe. I love finding stories about the talented women who design such beautiful clothing. The text of this book is rich in history and tells the story of how strong and courageous Ann was. She faced hard work and prejudice people. She Finally in 1961 Ann received the recognition that she so deeply deserved. The illustrations in this book are beautiful and show the elegance of the dresses that she created. A great book to read for  

Ages 5 and up

40 Pages

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