When Jacqueline Bouvier married John F. Kennedy, she wore
an exquisite silk dress made by Ann Cole Lowe.
I did not know that Ann Cole Lowe was African American until I discovered
this wonderful picture book written by Deborah Blumenthal and illustrated by Laura Freeman. Despite dealing with segregation and prejudices, Cole’s designer
fashions were highly sought after by the Vanderbilts, the Rockerfellers, and
the Roosevelts. In addition, she established a prosperous design
studio on Madison Avenue in New York City. Included at the end of the
book are citations for further readings on Ann Cole Lowe and other historical African
American fashion designers. This book is a great read for young children and just in time for Black History Month.