We continue our feature on ‘Iconic Brides’ by looking this week at Jackie Bouvier, the woman who captured the heart of then U.S Senator John F. Kennedy, and became the First Lady to the 35th President of the United States.
There is no doubt that Jackie is a style icon, the fact that her wedding dress is the most photographed in U.S history is testament to this. Despite her untimely death in 1994 she continues to inspire women of all ages with her elegant style.
When Jackie and John married on the 12th September 1953 she looked absolutely stunning in a dress designed by African American designer Ann Lowe. The dress, which took over two months to make, was ivory silk with a portrait neckline, fitted bodice and large bouffant skirt. Over 50 yards of silk taffeta was used to create the skirt and it was embellished with interwoven bands of tucking and tiny wax flowers.
She wore a tiara of lace and orange blossom and a Rosepoint lace veil passed down to her from her Grandmother. A single strand of family pearls adorned her neck and on her wrist a beautiful diamond bracelet given to her the night before the wedding by her future Husband. Her bouquet was a pink and white spray of orchids and gardenias.
She had a Matron and Maid of Honour plus 10 bridesmaids and a flower girl who were all dressed in pink faille silk dresses with Tudor caps.
Jackie’s dress was restored to it’s former glory in 1997 and is now displayed in the Kennedy Library, Boston.