Thursday, November 7, 2019

An Heirloom Wedding Gown

From My Modern Met:
When it came to finding “something old” to wear to her wedding, Pennsylvania native Abigail Kingston didn’t have to look beyond her family tree. The 30-year-old bride-to-be knew she wanted to be married in her family’s special heirloom–a 120-year-old wedding dress that has been worn by 10 women in her family, including her own mother. The two-piece Victorian gown was first worn by Kingston’s great-great-grandmother in 1895, and has been passed down from family member to family member ever since. Kingston tracked down the dress, which was last donned in 1991, only to find that the garment had turned brown and was falling apart from over a century of use. She decided to turn to expert bridal designer Deborah LoPresti for help. After 200 painstaking hours of work–which included adding new sleeves, lightening the brown shade to a champagne color, and altering the silk and satin garment to fit Kingston’s tall, thin frame–the dress was finally restored to a beautiful state. (Read more.)

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