Viola Davis is taking on a project that will give historical context to black fashion and bring its long ignored history to the forefront.
Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon have optioned the book Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style written by Shantrelle P. Lewis. Under their JuVee Productions company, the book will be made into a television documentary along with 44 Blue Productions.
In 2003, the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston held a special exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy nuptials. Visitors got to see various mementos from the 1953 wedding, considered the social event of the season at the time. A highlight of the exhibit was Bouvier’s ivory silk-taffeta bridal dress, which received a lot of media attention for its exquisite design. It also sparked renewed interest in the woman who made it: Ann Lowe, a little-known African-American designer who specialized in formal wear for wealthy socialites.