Fancy party gowns : the story of fashion designer Ann Cole Lowe

by Blumenthal, Deborah,

Format: Print Book [2017]
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Summary
A beautiful picture book about Ann Cole Lowe, a little-known African-American fashion designer who battled personal and social adversity in order to pursue her passion of making beautiful gowns and went on to become one of society's top designers.

Wisps of cloth would fall from their worktables like confetti,

and Ann would scoop them up and turn them into flowers

as bright as roses in the garden.

Ann's family came from Alabama.

Her great grandma had been a slave,

so her family knew about working hard

just to get by.

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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The title of this picture-book biography of Ann Cole Lowe has a slightly frivolous ring to it, but readers will quickly see her story is one of determination and significant achievement. Lowe loved sewing from an early age and went on to become a sought-after fashion designer in New York City. She didn't let the obstacles she faced including being isolated at her segregated design school, because life wasn't fair stop her, and she opened her own salon in the 1920s, becoming the first African American couturiere. Her most famous commission was for Jacqueline Kennedy's elaborate wedding dress (described as ivory silk taffeta, yet curiously rendered in pink), but society women and film stars, such as Olivia de Havilland, also wore her one-of-a-kind creations. Freeman's digital artwork utilizes saturated colors, patterns, and textures, fitting for portraying a woman whose life was immersed in fabric and design. After an extensive yet largely unsung career, Lowe was finally honored as an Official Couturiere in 1961, and this biography helps put her in the spotlight where she belongs.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The twin themes of injustice and hard work are woven into Blumenthal's (The Blue House Dog) vivid biography of African-American designer Ann Cole Lowe, who learned to sew at a young age, took over her late mother's business, and went on to design gowns that included dresses for Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy's wedding. Accented with buttons and lace, Freeman's (the Nikki and Deja series) illustrations are attentive to the shape and design of the clothing worn and designed by Lowe, and they glow with a honeyed light that underscores the designer's persistence in the face of racial prejudice. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Lowe, Ann Cole, -- 1898-1981 -- Juvenile literature.
African American fashion designers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Women fashion designers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Fashion design -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Biographies.
Publisher New York, New York :[2017]
Edition First edition.
Contributors Freeman, Laura (Illustrator), illustrator.
Audience Ages 4-8.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781499802399
1499802390
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