Ann Lowe was the first prominent black fashion designer. She was born in 1898 and her remarkable dress designs enabled her to gradually build a business and establish a wealthy and socially elite clientele. She opened Ann Lowe’s Gowns on Lexington Avenue and her fame led to her most celebrated design: Jacqueline Bouvier’s wedding gown! The dress was made of fifty yards of silk taffeta and became a global sensation as photos from the wedding of Bouvier to Senator John F. Kennedy in 1953 made headlines. Ann Lowe always prided herself on her wealthy clients and called herself “a snob.” She was also known in upper crust circles as “society’s best kept secret.” She retired in 1972 and died on February 25, 1981.