Saturday, June 02, 2012

Weekend Eye Candy - Jacqueline Kennedy's Wedding Dress

Every year in June I devote my Weekend Eye Candy posts to wedding dresses and brides.  I going to start this month with one of the best known wedding gowns of all time.

On September 12, 1953, Jacqueline Bouvier married then congressman John F. Kennedy.  Her gown was made by Ann Lowe, an African-American couturier working out of New York.  It is said that Jackie would have preferred a simpler gown with clean, straight lines to complement her figure, but she bowed to the wishes of the Kennedy family in wearing this one with a huge bouffant skirt.

The long lace veil was originally worn by Jackie's grandmother.  Her headpiece was made of matching lace circled with wax flowers.  The same was flowers decorated the skirt of the ivory silk taffeta gown.

Here you can see the true color of the gown.  It is on display at the Kennedy Library in Boston.