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Wed Aug 28, 2019, 09:53 PM

Jackie Kennedy's fairy-tale wedding was a nightmare for her African American dress designer

Source: Washington Post

Jackie Kennedy’s fairy-tale wedding was a nightmare for her African American dress designer

Ann Lowe was snubbed by the future first lady, who described her as ‘a colored dressmaker’ without naming her.

By Gillian Brockell August 28 at 4:57 PM

The 1953 wedding of Jacqueline Bouvier and then-Sen. John F. Kennedy was so perfect it is still being talked about more than 65 years later. As recently as 2017, gossip website The List was still calling it “the most beautiful wedding ever.” It was a fairy tale worthy of the legendary couple who would preside over Camelot.

But for Ann Lowe, who designed the bridal gown, it was a nightmare. First, the wedding dress was destroyed 10 days before the ceremony. Then the 24-year-old bride, who did not really like the gown in the first place, snubbed her.

Asked who made the dress, a viral tweet remembered this week, Jackie simply responded ”a colored dressmaker.”


Ann Lowe was born and raised in Clayton, Ala. Her great-grandmother, an enslaved woman, had given birth to a child fathered by her white plantation owner. Her mother and grandmother were both seamstresses to wealthy Alabama elites and as a child, she amused herself by shaping cloth flowers out of the scraps leftover in their work, she told Ebony in 1966.

Her mother died when Lowe was only 16, leaving four ball gowns for the first lady of Alabama unfinished. Lowe completed the order.

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Reply Jackie Kennedy's fairy-tale wedding was a nightmare for her African American dress designer (Original post)
Eugene Aug 28 OP
Iliyah Aug 28 #1
czarjak Aug 29 #2
Indykatie Aug 29 #3
mr_lebowski Aug 29 #4
LenaBaby61 Aug 29 #5
hlthe2b Aug 29 #7
Arkansas Granny Aug 29 #9
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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 10:12 PM

1. K & R!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 12:28 AM

2. 1953...

The year I was born. Appreciate the context. Now explain Dallas. L.H.O. couldn't have acted solo, no way, no how. Period.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 12:30 AM

3. So Why Even Choose a "Colored Dressmaker" To End Up Treating Her So Cavalierly?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 01:58 AM

4. In the context of the time, she probably felt that WAS a nice tribute ...

She did point out that an AA woman had designed the dress, when she didn't HAVE to do that. I think she was trying to make a positive, supportive statement towards PoC, in her way.

Not that I'm saying that this was 'right', she should've named the designer ... but I would bet that she was trying to do right by the woman, in the parlance of the time, if you will.

It was a different time ... JMHO.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 03:39 AM

5. Which is WHY ....

The greatest first lady (And co-president) to me is ....



And for HER time, and for ANY time, she really put it out there.

Unafraid and unfazed one bit.

#7 SHE WAS A LEADING ACTIVIST FOR THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND AFRICAN AMERICANS
Eleanor Roosevelt was vocal in her support of the African-American civil rights movement. She broke with precedent by inviting hundreds of African-American guests to the White House. She was one of the only voices in the White House that insisted that benefits be equally extended to Americans of all races. Eleanor also worked tirelessly for the rights of women. Among other things, she encouraged her husband to appoint more women to federal positions, helped working women receive better wages and held numerous press conferences for female reporters only, at a time when women were barred from White House press conferences.



Eleanor Roosevelt with an African-American child in Detroit in 1935.

I love her with a passion .....

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Response to LenaBaby61 (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 05:13 AM

7. Mine as well.... She was not only "before her time," but more so than any man of the time.

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Response to LenaBaby61 (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 05:18 AM

9. Eleanor Roosevelt was, without a doubt, an extraordinary woman.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 04:07 AM

6. The dress was not Jackie's choice. This might explain her attitude.

By that point, Lowe had been working with the Bouviers for years, and she had a friendly relationship with 24-year-old Jackie, she later said. But it was not really Jackie’s show. The groom’s father — the famously domineering Joseph Kennedy — was involved in every detail of wedding planning, including the dress, according to author Rosemary E. Reed Miller in a 2007 interview with NPR.


Jackie had just returned from Paris, and she wanted something simple and French, but the Kennedy patriarch would not have it. Lowe and her assistants spent two months cutting and sewing the ornate folds of the gown out of more than 50 yards of silk taffeta.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 05:14 AM

8. Yes... That might well explain a lot. Heaven knows her future FIL was a controlling a'hole.

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