Ann Lowe was born into a family of seamstresses in Montgomery, Alabama, who had started their own dressmaking business. Her mother excelled in needlework and her grandmother was a former enslaved dressmaker. Lowe’s mother died abruptly when she was sixteen years old. Lowe performed a high-profile order from the governor’s wife, establishing her as the family’s new leader. Lowe divorced her husband and relocated to Florida with her son, where she worked for ten years as a live-in dressmaker for a socialite. She went to New York City in 1917 to take sewing classes. She was segregated from her peers since she was the only Black student. In 1928, she relocated to New York City permanently. Lowe’s network of clients was crucial to her success. Her one-of-a-kind gowns composed of excellent fabric and craftsmanship, typically suggesting floral designs, earned her fame among Lowe specialized in debutante gowns, and happy customers would come back to her for their wedding gowns. The couture-quality techniques indicative of Lowe’s handiwork, according to Museum at FIT curator Elizabeth Way, were “gathered tulle and canvas to hold out hems, lace seam bindings, hand sewn organza facings, and weights to promote proper hang.” the wealthy American elite. Lowe established her own business, “Ann Lowe’s Gowns,” in New York City in 1950.
My given name, Fe Noel, is taken from my maiden name, Felisha Noel. As a fashion designer, I strive to make life beautiful, something I’ve wanted to accomplish since I was a child. As a first-generation American living in Brooklyn, New York, I was introduced to fashion at an early age. Felisha Noel has always been inspired by Renaissance art, despite the fact that she has rarely came across ancient pictures that relate to her own sense of self. “Unless they were represented as slaves, black women have always been excluded from those narratives,” says Noel, who founded her label, Fe Noel, eight years ago.
As a child, he witnessed his grandma and many other female role models. In high school, his family sent him to art school, which was a life-changing event for him. He was turned down by FIT and Parsons when trying to get into the business. He established a company called “LaQuan Smith 3D leggings” and became known as the “leggings” person.