Photos Show What US First Ladies’ Wedding Dresses Looked Like

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier wore a wedding dress designed by Ann Lowe, a Black seamstress who did not receive credit for her work in her lifetime.

A bridal portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy.

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According to the Smithsonian, Lowe was told to enter through the back door when she arrived to deliver the wedding dress and bridesmaids’ gowns. She is said to have responded that she’d take the dresses back if she wasn’t allowed to enter through the front and proceeded through the door. 

With its portrait neckline and full skirt in ivory silk-taffeta, Lowe’s design remains one of the most iconic wedding dresses of all time, but she wasn’t credited for her work and died relatively unknown.

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