Jackie Kennedy’s Wedding Dress 1953

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I am away for this weekend for a hen do, but in my absence I just had to leave you all with this fab photo of Jackie Kennedy’s 1953 wedding dress, and a very interesting story behind it. This photograph was taken at the JFK Library and Museum in 2003 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their wedding. The photo was sent to me on Twitter, and I couldn’t not share it! Thanks also Austin Wedding Blog who first publihed this photo, and Jo of Joanne Fleming Design who has educated me on a bit of wedding fashion history for this post!

Jacqueline Bouvier married John F. Kennedy September 12th 1953 .  It was the wedding of the year for many, but what is really fascinating is the story behind that dress.

Jackie originally wanted an elegant and quite different bridal gown. As we all know, her style was simple and sophisticated. She was an icon of 1950s fashion.

(c) FPG/Getty Images – 1954

Certainly it is documented that Jackie never really liked her wedding dress, and she only wore it after pressure from her mum to have more of a traditional 1950s wedding dress. So it was that her mother got her way and selected the dressmaker Ann Lowe of New York to make her wedding gown. The designer’s name was barely mentioned in the papers at the time though. The dress featured 50 yards of silk taffeta and a big bouffant skirt. It was intricately decorated with tucking, circles of ruffles and wax flowers.

At least Jackie’s accessories were more up her street. She wore her grandmother’s rosepoint lace veil draped from a small lace cap decorated with orange blossoms, family pearls, a diamond leaf pin which was a gift from her future in-laws, and a diamond and pearl bracelet which was a wedding present from J.F.K. The look was complete with fashionably fifties wrist length gloves.

Anne Lowe took two months to make the dress, and it almost ended in complete disaster when when ten days before the wedding a water line broke, flooding the shop and ruining the gown. The designer worked around the clock and recreated the dress. Can you imagine if something similar happened to Kate Middleton’s wedding dress designer?!

For more information on the intriguing and talented Ann Lowe, you can read about it here.
For some footage of the wedding…

Fascinating stuff!

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Charlie x

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