C20th Fashion History 1953 Wedding Photos
1950s Bride and Wedding Group 1953
Jacqueline Bouvier married John
Fitzgerald Kennedy on 12 Septemeber 1953.
She was 24, he 36. They were married in Newport, Rhode Island. Jackie's wedding dress was a ball gown of ivory silk taffeta with a huge
round skirt. The dress created by dressmaker Ann Lowe.
The wedding dress required 50 yards of ivory silk taffeta. Jackie had a portrait
swathed neckline which she set off with a single strand of family pearls.
The wedding gown took 2 months for Anne Lowe to complete.
The full bouffant skirt had interwoven tucking bands and tiny wax flowers.
Her grandmother’s heirloom rose point lace veil was attached to her hair
with orange blossoms amid a tiara of lace. The evening before the
wedding she was given a diamond bracelet by John Kennedy and a diamond pin
by the Kennedy parents.
Jackie's 10 bridesmaids wore pink silk faille gowns with Tudor caps.
Lee Bouvier Canfield (sister) was the matron-of-honor and the flower girl
was Janet Auchincloss. Other bridal attendants were Nancy Tuckerman, Martha
Bartlett, Shirley Oakes, Aileen Travers, Sylvia Whitehouse, Ethel Skakel
Kennedy, Jean Kennedy and Helen Spaulding.
Jackie Kennedy's bridal spray of 1953 was a bouquet of white and pink spray
orchids with gardenias. The church was decorated with pink gladioli
and white chrysanthemums. The Kennedy newly weds departed after a
wedding lunch reception under a shower of paper-rose petals
More 1950's Wedding Dresses
The bride Helen is wearing a formal ballerina length grey satin evening dress in thick
duchess satin. The dress follows the lines of stylish cocktail gowns
of the day. The hat was black velvet with an ostrich feather. Whilst Helen wears a full skirted dress that shows off her
waistline, her sister wears a slim sheath dress also popular at the same time.
Both women wear flower corsages on their shoulders. Helen appears to
be wearing a fashion of today in her hair - a fascinator. Her sister appears
to be wearing a small Juliet cap hat. The two brothers wear lounge suits.
These formal photos were taken after the wedding at a class reunion, but
show the outfits worn at the wedding.
Helen was widowed after twenty years and remarried another 10 years after
her first husband Norman above died. You can see her second 'white' wedding
(I have lost touch with Helen - please get in touch Helen).
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