Clark University Atlanta professor unveils new book about groundbreaking designer Ann Lowe


Piper Hugouleya historical fiction writer who also teaches Atlanta Clark University (CAU), recently published a novel on the great Anne Lowe.

Title By Her Own Design: A Novel by Social Registry Fashion Designer Ann LoweHuguley’s latest text gives readers an in-depth look at a chapter in African-American history that centers on a determined woman who made a name in the fashion world.

Anne Lowe was one of the first African Americans to become a widely known and sought after fashion designer.

She was born in Alabama in 1898 and her mother and grandmother, once slaves, were accomplished seamstresses. Lowe continued the family craft and traveled to New York in 1917 to take design classes at a separate academy.

Lowe immediately proved herself to be a skilled seamstress and she eventually began making dresses for the social elites and celebrities.

One of her best-known designs was a wedding dress that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis wore when she married in 1953 to John F Kennedywho served as President of the United States from 1961 to 1963.

In 1964 it was called “Company’s best kept secret.” After some health and financial difficulties, she died 17 years later in 1981.

Now, less than two weeks before Juneteenth, Lowe’s story is commemorated through By his own design. Regarding Huguley’s latest text, various well-known authors and editors have showered the book with praise.

« Piper Huguley By his own design is a lavish quilt with lyrical lace and detailed yarn work that made an iconic life authentic and comforting…Readers will love getting to know Ann Lowe and the story behind the designs,” queen of the island said author Vanessa Riley.

Elizabeth Way, Associate Curator of the Museum at FIT and Editor-in-Chief of Black designers in American fashionalso spoke fondly of Huguley’s latest work.

“The facts of Ann Lowe’s life are remarkable, but Huguley took us a step further, harnessing the art of fiction to invoke the emotions of her experiences and bring Ann Lowe to life,” she said. note.

You can learn more about By his own design here.

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