Wedding dress of Jacqueline Bouvier
|Wedding dress of Jacqueline Bouvier|
The gown was the creation of African-American fashion designer Ann Lowe, who was not credited as the designer at the time of the Bouvier-Kennedy wedding. When asked who made her dress, Jacqueline Kennedy said it was a "colored woman."
The bridal gown, of ivory-colored silk taffeta, featured a portrait neckline and huge round skirt. The skirt featured interwoven tucking bands and tiny wax flowers. Jacqueline Bouvier's lace veil had belonged to her grandmother; a lace-and-orange-blossom tiara tied the veil to her hair. Her bridal bouquet was made of white and pink gardenias and orchids.
She wore little jewelry with the dress, but what she did wear had personal significance. The single-strand pearl necklace was a family heirloom; she also wore a diamond pin from her parents and diamond bracelet from her groom, John F. Kennedy.
Dress Nearly LostEdit
A flood in Lowe's Lexington Avenue workshop 10 days before the wedding ruined the bride's gown and nine of the bridal party's dresses. The designer and her staff worked through eight days (the original time was eight weeks) to reconstruct the gowns and ensure they were delivered on time. Instead of an estimated $700 profit, Lowe lost $2,200 on the project.
The dress was crafted in a very traditional design (particularly the skirt) per the wishes of the Kennedy family, and it won worldwide acclaim. However, Jacqueline had wanted a simple dress with firm lines to complement her tall, slim figure. She later told friends privately that she didn't like the dress's portrait neckline because she felt it emphasized her small bust. She also said that, in her opinion, the skirt looked "like a lampshade."
New York Times coverage of the wedding described Jacqueline's wedding attire in detail, referring to the gown as "a gown of ivory silk taffeta, made with a fitted bodice embellished with interwoven bands of tucking, finished with a portrait neckline, and a bouffant skirt." However, the Times did not name the gown's designer. By the mid-1960s, however, Lowe was publicly acknowledged as the designer of the gown.
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