In celebration of Black History Month, delve into the history of fashion, race, and design with "Dressing the Best: The Story of Ann Lowe, America's First African American Fashion Designer," a lecture by Margaret Powell. The Henry B. Plant Museum is proud to be featuring three dresses deigned by Lowe in the exhibit Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition
. Each of the gowns is rare and unique featuring elaborate beaded designs. Hear about Lowe's history, her inspirations, and her iconic style. This lecture has been generously underwritten by the Henry B. Plant Museum Society, Inc.
Margaret Powell is a decorative arts historian from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the curatorial assistant of decorative arts and design at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and a graduate of the Smithsonian Associates/Corcoran College of Art and Design M.A. program in the History of Decorative Arts. Her first book, Only the Best
, a children’s picture book about Ann Lowe, will be released by Chronicle Books in 2020. She also writes about costume history on her website: www.hiddenfashionhistory.com
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