I think this vintage gown would be a fabulous wedding dress.
It is eye-catching AND it has an interesting story — my two requirements for any special-occasion apparel. First of all, the dress is by Mr. Blackwell. Yep, the guy who does the annoying, rhymed “Worst Dressed List” used to be a designer. In addition, the seller reports that the dress was a custom gown created by Mr. Blackwell for an attendee at John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Ball in 1961 and only worn that once! (The fact that there’s no documentation to prove this doesn’t detract in any way from the awesomeness of the story.) The dress comes with matching gloves and evening bag. The armholes are cut so they won’t gape while the wearer is dancing.
The auction ends tonight. One of you (petite) Bridezillas needs to move fast. Think of how pretty you’ll look dancing to “Sunrise, Sunset” with your daddy while wearing a one-of-a-kind Mr. Blackwell! Everyone will be verklempt.
vogued out!!! says
love the story, thanks for posting, now if only I can have a wedding.
Wow! That’s pretty! And such a deal. I wonder what it will get bid up to?
Isn’t it just gorgeous! I want to bid on it, though looking at the measurements it will only fit my right arm.
Sharon Rose says
Yes, I agree a very stunning gown!
Fashion Addict says
It’s a great gown, but I don’t think I’d walk down the aisle with this one on. (Not that I’m thinking about getting married.) but I still love the gown!
Sehr hübsch! Very pretty. Maybe Mr. Blackwell should have stuck with designing!
Egads! What a great deal! *groan because that sounds like it came from an infomercial*
Renaissance Woman says
Love the dress, love the story. Hmmm…but I’m not getting married. So sad because the dress is great!
Mr. Blackwell was a DESIGNER??? For serious???
Too late for me, but I would have loved this one. Long gloves, shiny shoes, aw yeah.
Step Right Up says
You’re too late Wendy! I already have both my dresses for my wedding. Good luck to all you other bridezillas out there placing your bids!
Miss Janey says
That is gorgeous and the history is even better.
About 15 years ago, Miss J attended a bar mitzvah where Mr. B was also a guest. His tux was gorgeous and fit perfectly. He was quite dapper.
Miss J, I bet there were no gaping armholes while he was doing the hora!
Deja Pseu says
That dress really is lovely! So much more sophisticated than the meregnues so many brides end up in.
Jen (MahaloFashion) says
I love this dress, you are right it’s very stylish indeed. I can picture it with a 40s netted hat and some pumps.
Oh Lady E says
oh, that reminds me that i still need to buy a wedding gown / reception outfit.
ew. not looking forward to it.
Alice Olive says
This is so elegant.
stef m says
love it. i wish i knew the interesting stories behind some of the vintage clothes i find. recent score: apricot and lavender (almost neon) capri pants from lilly pulitzer with a print of palm trees and flamingos. i will rock them on the 4th of july!
In Yr Fshn says
Gosh how lovely. A little small in the waist for most normal humans I know, but still.
That’s a beauuuutiful dress! I could see it being a beatiful wedding gown!
fashion herald says
JFK Inaugural Ball? Think it’s time to renew the vows!
Anna Pope says
Love the details on the dress, so beautiful. And the story makes it even more awesome!
sure…..stunning…and very vintage of coz!
That’s a damn gorgeous dress.
-h of candid cool says
it is quite pretty
Lovely. Also, read your Marie Clair interview and was shocked, amazed and beyond words. But i must say you looked fab in the pictures in that dress and your jewelry.
you were in Marie Clair? Damn i miss all the important things!