"If you're beautiful, they don't care what color you are", she said of the French describing her days in the couture salons and nights in Postwar Paris.
During her stay in Paris, Dorothea used her model's discount to buy samples from designers and began designing her own couture line. In 1954 when Dorothea returned to the United States, she began a tour of Black Colleges, showcasing her couture line. Her Fashion Shows served as a fund-raisers for more than 200 branches of Alpha Kappa Alpha, a well-known sorority for black women. In Barbara Summers 1998 Black and Beautiful: How Women of Color Changed the Fashion Industry, Towles said "I feel that I'm going all over America with my shows and had a great influence on American Black Women dressing differently and feeling good about themselves....I saw them dressing more creatively, more internationally. They could say: If she can do it, I can do it too!"
Dorothea later signed with Grace Del Marco Agency in New York City owned by former mixed model Ophelia Devore. Dorothea's groundbreaking contributions definitely paved the way for models thereafter.
Sadly on July 7, 2006 Dorothea Towles Church died in New York City she was 83 years old.