Skip to comments.Jackie Kennedy’s fairy-tale wedding was a nightmare for her African American dress designer
Posted on 09/03/2019 8:05:21 PM PDT by simpson96
The 1953 wedding of Jacqueline Bouvier and then-Sen. John F. Kennedy was so perfect it is still being talked about more than 65 years later. As recently as 2017, gossip website The List was still calling it the most beautiful wedding ever. It was a fairy tale worthy of the legendary couple who would preside over Camelot.
But for Ann Lowe, who designed the bridal gown, it was a nightmare. First, the wedding dress was destroyed 10 days before the ceremony. Then the 24-year-old bride, who did not really like the gown in the first place, snubbed her.
Asked who made the dress, a viral tweet remembered this week, Jackie simply responded a colored dressmaker.(snip)
By that point, Lowe had been working with the Bouviers for years, and she had a friendly relationship with 24-year-old Jackie, she later said. But it was not really Jackies show. The grooms father the famously domineering Joseph Kennedy was involved in every detail of wedding planning, including the dress,(snip)
Lowe does not seem to have held a grudge about it, though. By 1964, she was telling the Saturday Evening Post how sweet Jackie Kennedy, by then a widow and former first lady, had been to her.(snip)
By the mid-1960s, she was tens of thousands of dollars in debt and in trouble with the IRS.
Then, an anonymous friend paid her back taxes, cutting her debts in half. Lowe suspected the anonymous friend was Jackie.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
I read the whole article, and the story of Anne Lowe’s career is fascinating. She was evidently quite a character, herself. Like many talented artistes, she did not have a lot of business sense. It is a pity she did not have a partner to take care of that side of it.
I grew up in an Irish Catholic neighborhood in Boston. It seemed that every home had a portrait of JFK in their den. Usually over the grand piano that nobody every played except when children were forced to take lessons.
The level of Kennedy worship in that area is scary. Even today, if you run a Kennedy on the ballot - even if he's a drunken bum - he's likely to win.
Ted Kennedy for example. I rest my case.
That’s true. I grew up in eastern Connecticut in the 70’s and 80’s and the JFK idolatry was huge there too. Lots of Irish and Italian Catholics there who voted Democrat then and still do today, yet many of them are pro-life and not all that fond of the LGBT. I think it is the idolatry to folks like FDR and JFK that keeps them RATS and because their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents all voted D!
Air head ding bat!
That woman was so stupid she married a Kennedy.
See how that turned out?
And why do you think the Washington Post is writing about Camelot and Jackie now? Rather than Melania Trump, that is?
With no race war (black dress designer against white man), with no Camelot, the democrats lose.
Well I’m a Conservative but, I still like Jack and Bobby.
I remember that time as a young girl, very young, I think 12 or so, and it was a little magical. Those guys seemed to glue us all together, (I was in NY on Long Island) and we all had that kind of almost giddy feeling of ‘this is wonderful’ and you know what...? Trump brings it.
I know of their imperfections. But, I don’t mind. It was a wonderful time to be proud of being American.
As it is now for me. We are the most wonderful country in the world.
We really are.
The Camelot factor, after all these years, still remains. This family is a disgrace. From Joe and his bootleg whiskey, to Teddy and the “inconvenient death” of Mary Joe, John and his sexual escapades while president-— this is all a joke on everyone...
But why was it important that she was “african American”, which really doesn’t exist.
No, it DEFINITELY doesn’t exist.
Nor does “Italian American”. I’m an American with recent Italian ancestors.
No Irish Americans.
No hispanic Americans.
Any article with that sh.t in the title isn’t an article worth reading.
We would have all once thought that here.
What does your American citizenship say?
Is there an Asterisk anywhere?
The first time I heard Carolyn Kennedy speak publicly when running for Senate I was STUNNED at how stupid she sounded, I mean my jaw was dropped to the ground!!!
I was in Mexico City during Kennedy’s presidency/ assassination. EVERYBODY had a picture of him in their home/ store/ office.
More like "Came-a-lot".
I have never heard about Jackie O’s “colored dressmaker”.
I’m surprised a movie or play have not already been produced about it. It would be an interesting story from the tailor’s perspective at that point of our history.
If it ever does become a movie, just don’t let SNL comedian Leslie Jones get that lead role. She wouldn’t be a good fit, unless it was also meant to be a comedy.
On the night of the California Primary, a few hours before Bobby was shot, there was an interview of Ronald Reagan, who was asked about the campaign, he pointed out that Bobby sounded more conservative than most of the Republicans in the race.
My grandmother in the Philippines had a picture of JFK too. I think he being the first Catholic president of the United States had a huge international impact considering how large the Catholic religion was then, and still is today, around the world.
As a stamp collector, I marveled at the number of countries that issued JFK stamps.
::Wish I could click through to read the rest but...Washington Compost.::
Paste the URL into outline.com.
As a kid I loved JFK. I remember he insisted that we pursue physical fitness and study science. There was never any doubt about his patriotism and hatred of communism.
Jackie inspired us with her style and gracious living.
As an adult I have come to re-appreciate his presidency.
I got in a playground fight for referring to JFK as a “mackerel snapper”. I guess some in the early 60s thought it was offensive, I thought it was just descriptive.
Picture on the plate?
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