Dramatic Impact Celebrates Haute Couture

The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe ~ Fancy Party Gowns
Bridal and bridesmaid gown designer for Jacqueline Kennedy, Ann Cole Lowe
Anne Cole Lowe designed Jacqueline Kennedy's wedding dress

Art Students Give New Life to Old Dresses at Indianola Elementary School

Recently, we donated dresses to Dramatic Impact, an art education organization serving young students in Central Ohio.

Dramatic Impact’s founder, Candace Darman, serves as an artist-in-residence at Indianola Elementary School where she just completed a unit with the students about “haute couture.”

One designer Candace featured as part of the curriculum was Ann Cole Lowe, the designer of Jacqueline Kennedy's wedding and bridesmaids gowns. Born out of the Harlem Renaissance, Ann was the first famous African-American fashion designer. Her life story is beautifully highlighted in the children’s book, “Fancy Party Gowns,” which we are so grateful to have received a copy of in honor of our gift.

The creative portion of their curriculum required students to remake our dresses into fabulous statement pieces! Students, ages Kindergarten through 5th Grade, each decorated one of our donated sample dresses as a class. Themes ranged from civil rights to recycling to the solar system. Check out their work our photo gallery!

We are so excited about our partnership with Dramatic Impact and the work that they do to educate our young community members about art, fashion, theater, and purpose. Stay tuned for more dress projects coming soon with this fabulous organization!

For more about the Artists-in-Residence program in Central Ohio, click HERE.