Jackie Kennedy’s Last-Minute Wedding Dress
In 1953, Jackie Bouvier gave fashion designer Anne Lowe the task of making her wedding dress. Unfortunately, ten days before the wedding, a water pipe broke and tragedy hit at Lowe’s studio on Madison Avenue. In total, it ruined 10 dresses for the wedding, including Jackie’s dress which took two months to create.
Lowe was on a time crunch to re-create Jackie’s dress. She ordered additional ivory French taffeta and pink silk faille. With a team of seamstresses by her side, they were able to remake a dress just in time for the wedding. Jackie’s dress had a classic neckline and bouffant skirt. It was so beautiful that it is considered to be one of history’s most iconic wedding gowns.
Barbara Bush Borrowed Her Future Mother-In-Law’s Veil
George H.W. Bush and Barbara Pierce met when they were teenagers in 1941. In a documentary titled 41, he discusses how they first met. In the documentary he says, “They called it a holiday dance at Christmas time and here she was in this red and green dress. I said, ‘Who is this good-looking girl, that beautiful girl over there?’ ‘That’s Barbara Pierce from Rye, New York.’ So then a guy named Wozencraft introduced us. And the rest is history.”
A few years later, the two married in 1945 at First Presbyterian Church in Rye, N.Y. George’s mother wore a veil when she got married and gifted it to Barbara for her ceremony.