Some Ann Lowe roses at the newest Smithsonian Museum…

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We’ve seen this dress (American Beauty, 1966) a few times on Hidden Fashion History, but not from this angle. The Smithsonian has some gorgeous newer photos. Source: Smithsonian
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…but we haven’t seen this view before. And it gives one of the best looks at Ann’s flowers. Imagine being the lucky girl swirling on a dance floor with these at your back! Source: Smithsonian

 

The National Museum of African American History and Culture doesn’t open until September, but their online collections search is already up and running as a part of the Smithsonian’s main website. They’ve taken some really great new pictures of a dress that’s been in the Smithsonian’s collection for years. It’s called “American Beauty” and it was a gown for a New York debutante.  I thought it would be fun to take a closer look at a few of Ann Lowe’s silk flowers thanks to these new pictures.

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Gasparilla Queen in an earlier version of a trailing rose design, 1928 Tampa, Florida

And for comparison’s sake, this black and white photo shows the 1928 Gasparilla queen. This gown is the earliest photographed version of Ann Lowe’s silk roses.