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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > vintage replica wedding dress ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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friend wants Jackie Kennedy's dress
withoutseamJohn19:23

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Date: 9/12/10 3:32 PM

Any ideas on how to find a dress pattern similar to Jackie Kennedy's? I've been looking on ebay and vintage sites but nothing yet. Here is her dress: http://fashionbride.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/108094827_42a0fbd2af.jpg

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Date: 9/12/10 5:03 PM

No, but I remember the bridal dress pattern that Vogue had in the 80's that was a copy of Caroline Kennedy's dress. I would think there would be a vintage pattern somewhere near that era that would be a match.

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Date: 9/12/10 9:28 PM

This Oscar de La Renta Vogue 2928 is as close as I've seen. It's OOP but still available from Vogue.

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Date: 9/12/10 10:43 PM

The general outline of the dress is indeed close to the de la Renta gown shown by MaryDB, but Jackie's gown has a center front seam on the bodice (and I suspect a waistline seam joining the bodice to the skirt). The tucks on the bodice were almost certainly achieved via a form-fitting tulle foundation onto which the fashion fabric was hand-pleated, as here. The bodice would have been joined to a very full skirt.

BTW, the story is told that Jackie actually didn't like the dress, but wore it at her mother's insistence.
-- Edited on 9/12/10 10:44 PM --

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Date: 9/13/10 2:36 AM

I did find the description (below) of the dress. It was one expensive dress to make with 50 yards of ivory silk taffeta and Battenberg lace. At bottom it also said it was hard to find re-makes. If you are up to adding in the details of the pleats of the dress in bodice & skirt, the best bet would be finding a pattern with basic silhouette of a fitted bodice, cap sleeves and full skirt.
One thing with muslins, you can try to see how it would work and the main cost would be your time. Could be an interesting challenge.

http://www.colourlovers.com/wedding/blog/2010/07/15/the-dress-memories-trends-reinvented-or-reused

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...she wore one of the most talked about wedding dresses of all times. Made with Battenberg lace, the dress was created by Ann Lowe in New York and is currently on display at the Kennedy Library in Boston." - stylishweddingideas.com

"...made of 50 yards of ivory silk taffeta and a full bouffant skirt woven with tiny white flowers. She added a touch of colour with tiny orange blossoms in her hair. The focal point of the look was the portrait neckline of her gown that showcased her beautiful shoulders and neck, which was adorned with a single strand of family pearls." - weddingtipster.wordpress.com

Jackie's dress style with fitted bodice, cap sleeves and full skirt is a style that continue's to be popular in many dresses today. The detail of the taffeta in the full skirt is very original. In fact I am pretty surprised at how hard it is to find similar re-makes of her dress, as popular as it was.

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Date: 9/13/10 8:17 AM

Burda Magazine featured their version of Jackie's wedding dress in the 3/2008 issue. Sized from 34-42, it looks do-able to me!

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Date: 9/13/10 10:23 AM

The first thing I thought when I saw the photo was that it really isn't very Jackie-ish! The shape I can understand, but I think she would have taken off all that amazing pleating and frou frou if she was allowed to. Anyone trying to replicate this dress is in for a heroic journey. Hope you have lots of time!

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Date: 9/13/10 11:11 AM

I think the best resource to help you here may actually be contacting Susan Khalje (www.susankhalje.com) who authored the book Bridal Couture, for the specifics of recreating the beautiful bodice of this wedding dress.

Ann Lowe's work was one of a kind, and there are no patterns available. Some of her dresses may be viewed online at the new Black Fashion Museum Collection at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (www.nmaahc.si.edu) in Washington, DC, as well as the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. The dress she made for Jackie Kennedy was created in 1953.

Ms. Lowe's work was often considered to be close to Dior, and she did meet this designer when she visited Paris in her later years. By 1960's her eyesight was very poor and she dictated her designs to the seamstresses working in her shop in NYC.

Her dresses are highly collectible, and have probably stayed in families since there are so few to see in the museum collections.

I hope this information was helpful to you, and best wishes in your sewing!

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Date: 9/13/10 1:25 PM

There's a trend currently to have separate skirts that go on over a bustier type top. It looks like you should be able to simplify the construction by doing something like that here. In other words, the skirt on its own is pretty simple to do (though time consuming) and if you can find a pattern or patterns to help with the top, you'd be set.

I think this dress is absolutely beautiful and would love to wear one like it myself!

Edited to add: I take that "simple to do" statement back....I think here the time-consuming element = complicated as heck!
-- Edited on 9/13/10 1:28 PM --

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For more details, see my blog: http://featherpetalsilk.blogspot.com. Thanks so much for your help.

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Date: 9/13/10 6:26 PM

Wow! Thank you so much, everyone! Fortunately for me, she does not want the pleated bodice! She does want the same neckline and the large ruffled flowers. Instead of the princess seams of the de la Renta, she wants a gathered waistline. I could not tell from the original if it was pleated or gathered.

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