Ann Moore started sewing as a young girl. So despite being constantly mistaken for a model, she went to work on the other end of fashion as a designer and couturier.
The 1943 Spelman economics graduate studied fashion in New York and Paris where she was often one of few black students. When she returned she opened her fashion house Ann Moore Couturiere in Detroit and ran it for 20 years.
Her collections were featured in Vogue and Jet, and worn by both socialites and working women.
Today, three of the 96-year-old's designs are on view as part of the "Fashion in Good Taste" exhibit spanning the 1920s to 60s in the Swan House at the Atlanta History Center.
The three pieces are part of a larger donation Moore made to a permanent collection at the history center.
Friends and people involved with the exhibit described her work as "smart," "beautiful and prolific," and "elegant but approachable."
Ann Moore said she wanted to create clothing that was timeless and she has definitely succeeded.
"Fashion in Good Taste" is on view through October 10.
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