Created by
Lowe, Ann, American, 1898 - 1981
Subject of
Black Fashion Museum, American, 1979 - 2007
late 1960s - early 1970s
velvet, silk, tulle, ribbon, lace, rhinestones, beads, and metal snaps
H x W (flat): 63 × 37 in. (160 × 94 cm)
Miniature pink velvet dress inspired by First Lady Coolidge made by Ann Lowe. The dress consists of a fitted bodice with a looser over-bodice and a skirt with three (3) ruffled tiers. It is made from dusty pink velvet. The bodice is fitted with a high V-neck. The over-bodice covers it and is meant to create a blousy look. Each side of the bodice has a slit that fastens with one (1) metal snap, hidden by the over-bodice. The waistline is slightly dropped and accented by a pink ribbon covered in metallic gold lace that is beaded in turquoise and silver beads with clear rhinestones. Strands of cream faux pearl beads are strung across the center front of the band. The flounced skirt ends mid-calf. A cape made from the pink velvet is attached at each back shoulder that is long and trains on the floor, ending in a point at the center back. A loop made from the velvet is sewn by the point so it can be held up around the wrist.
The dress, flounces, over-bodice, and cape are all lined in pale pink silk. The interior of the dress and the interior of the over-bodice also have a layer of red tulle sewn on top of the lining. The bottom ten (10) inches of the train is lined in the pink velvet rather than the pink silk. There are no labels.
Collection title
Black Fashion Museum Collection
Clothing and dress
Fashion design
Social life and customs
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Black Fashion Museum founded by Lois K. Alexander-Lane
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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