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April 25 Talk at U of M Will Highlight African-American Designers & Dressmakers
For release: April 19, 2007
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Rosemary Reed Miller will discuss her book The Threads of Time, the Fabric of History at noon April 25 in the University of Memphis’ Ned McWherter Library, Room 226. The talk is free and open to the public.

In the new edition of her popular book, Miller profiles 38 African-American designers and dressmakers from 1850 to the present. Among them are Ann Lowe, who created Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding dress; Elizabeth Keckley, who designed dresses for Mary Todd Lincoln, including one displayed in the First Ladies exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution; and civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, who worked as a seamstress at a department store in Montgomery, Ala.

A graduate of Temple University, Miller has written for Women’s Wear Daily, The Washington Post, Black Enterprise, Essence, Glamour and many other publications. She opened a gift and apparel shop, Toast and Strawberries, in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C., in 1966.

The event is sponsored by the University Libraries and Friends of the University Libraries. For more information, call 901/678-4310 or e-mail tmendina@memphis.edu or kroboth@memphis.edu

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