By Her Own Design: A Novel of Ann Lowe, Fashion Designer to the Social Register By Piper Huguley

By Her Own Design: A Novel of Ann Lowe, Fashion Designer to the Social Register By Piper Huguley


1953, New York City

Less than a week before the society wedding of the year where Jacqueline Bouvier will marry John F. Kennedy, a pipe bursts at Ann Lowe’s dress shop and ruins eleven dresses, including the expensive wedding dress, a dress that will be judged by thousands. A Black designer who has fought every step of the way, Ann knows this is only one struggle after a lifetime of them. She and her seamstresses will find the way to re-create the dresses. It may take all day and all night for the next week to accomplish the task, but they will do it.

1918, Tampa

Raised in Jim Crow Alabama, Ann learned the art of sewing from her mother and her grandmother, a former slave, who are the most talented seamstresses in the state. After Ann elopes at twelve with an older man who soon proves himself to be an abusive alcoholic, her dreams of becoming a celebrated designer seem to be put on hold. But then a wealthy Tampa socialite sees Ann’s talent and offers her an amazing opportunity—the chance to sew and design clothing for Florida’s society elite. Taking her young son in the middle of the night, Ann escapes her husband and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.

My Thoughts:

This is based on a true story of one of the most famous designers of the twenties, it is such an enchanting and awe inspiring read that makes you feel full of determination. I had never heard of Anne Lowe before reading this book but I have so much utter respect for her and what she went through, she makes me feel as though if I set my mind to something I can do it if I really want it. I found it a fascinating and humble read that I will never forget. It is a bit different to what I would normally read but I really enjoyed it.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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