Catalog

Record Details

Catalog Search



By her own design : a novel of Ann Lowe, fashion designer to the social register  Cover Image Book Book

By her own design : a novel of Ann Lowe, fashion designer to the social register / Piper Huguley

Huguley, Piper, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780063059740
  • ISBN: 0063059746
  • Physical Description: 367, 7 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2022]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes P.S. Insights, Interviews & More...
Summary, etc.:
The incredible untold story of how Ann Lowe, a Black woman and granddaughter of slaves, rose above personal struggles and racial prejudice to design and create one of America's most famous wedding dresses of all time for Jackie Kennedy. 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. Based on the true story of one of the most famous designers of the twenties through the sixties who has since been unjustly forgotten, By Her Own Design is an unforgettable novel of determination despite countless obstacles and a triumph celebrated by the world.
Subject: Lowe, Ann Cole, 1898-1981 > Fiction.
African American fashion designers > Fiction.
Wedding costume > Fiction.
Women dressmakers > Fiction.
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994 > Marriage > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.

Available copies

  • 8 of 19 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Thompson Public Library.

Holds

  • 12 current holds with 19 total copies.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Thompson Public Library Huguley (Text) 34038139196778 Adult New Fiction Available -


Additional Resources