Fashion engineer Ann Moore’s work featured during Atlanta History Center


Ann Moore displays a black-and-white print in a 1953 emanate of Vogue repository of a lady displaying an superb silk taffeta chlamys with beading and rhinestones.

With her slim figure and still elegance, a 96-year-old Moore could have been that model. Back then, though, there were unequivocally few black models who would have been deliberate for a print fire for a high-fashion magazine, during slightest not in a United States. It was even rarer to see black designers featured.

“People would say, ‘Are we a model?’” pronounced Moore, a 1943 economics vital during Spelman College. “I got that a lot, though we never deliberate it.”
Designer Ann Moore (left), seen with family crony Joie Lee, is carrying her work highlighted in an Atlanta History Center muster showcasing 5 decades of textiles and clothing. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

She opted, instead, to work on a other side of fashion, as a designer. She pronounced she felt many alive when formulating fashions.

Today, Moore still keeps sideways of character trends, decades after unresolved adult her shears. Copies of Vogue and W magazines are built around her vital room.

Three of Moore’s designs are on perspective as partial of a “Fashion in Good Taste” vaunt in a Swan House during a Atlanta History Center. The vaunt spans a 1920s by a 1960s — any decade that a Swan House was assigned by a Inman family.

The 3 pieces are partial of a incomparable concession of Moore’s that is partial of a permanent collection during a story center.

“Her work is only so smart,” pronounced Jessica Rast VanLanduyt, ancestral residence manager and curator of a exhibit. “She was unequivocally during a tip of her diversion as a couture designer.”

Moore was innate in Daytona Beach, Fla., though grew adult in Atlanta, where currently she and a sister still live in their childhood home only a few blocks from a Atlanta University Center.

“I’ve schooled a lot about her career, and she was forward of her time,” pronounced singer and screenwriter Joie Lee, a tighten family friend. “Her work is pleasing and prolific.”

Moore wanted to emanate wardrobe that was timeless. She specialized in regulating healthy fabrics, scarcely shuddering during a suspicion of regulating synthetics.

“They’re not value a labor,” she said.

Moore began sewing as a immature girl, creation garments for her dolls.

Although she majored in economics, she was drawn to conform and looked for ways to marry a two.

Moore left Atlanta for Detroit, feeling good about a opportunities in a city though despotic segregation. She complicated in New York and Paris, where she was mostly one of a handful of African-American students in a mostly white class. She returned to Detroit, where she ran her possess conform house, Ann Moore Couturiere, for 20 years.

Courtney A. Hammonds, educational executive of a conform dialect during a Art Institute of Atlanta, called Moore’s designs “elegant though approachable.”

Hammonds praised Moore for starting her conform residence during a time when it was formidable for African-Americans, quite women, to get financing.

“It can be severe in a business,” he said. “Creatives have to have a clever group around them.”

Moore pronounced she attempted to do it all, “and it was too much, though we did a best we could.”

Both Jet and Vogue featured designs from her collections. Her clients enclosed operative women and socialites.

She also neat younger designers and lectured during Wayne State and Eastern Michigan universities.

“The conform attention is among a tip 3 industries in America,” she said. “It’s some-more than glitz and glamour.”

“Fashion in Good Taste.” Through Oct. 10. $16.50 for adults, $13 for students 13 and comparison and seniors 65-plus, $11 for children 4-12, and giveaway for children 3 and underneath and Atlanta History Center members. Swan House hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.Mondays-Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.Sundays. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-814-4000,

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