During a brainstorming session with her creative agency A Vibe Called Tech, Charlene Prempeh discovered Ann Lowe, the Black designer who created Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding gown. It was no accident that she had never heard of her before. In 1961, Ladies’ Home Journal reported that the gown had been designed by “a colored woman dressmaker,” but did not name Lowe. The designer’s story prompted Prempeh to consider the many influential Black creatives who had been not passively overlooked by history, but willfully excluded from it.
A New Book Offers a Whirlwind Tour of 100 Years of Black Design
Writer and creative agency founder Charlene Prempeh shares the many inspirations for her book, Now You See Me: An Introduction to 100 Years of Black Design, published by Prestel.