In my family, 5 brides have worn my mother’s 61 year old wedding dress since 1959. Just about everyone who could fit into it, wore it to be married. I really wish that I could have, but my swimmer’s (long distance butterfly) shoulders and big boobs meant that it did not fasten all the way up the back.
Apart from me and my Giant Shoulders, this dress is a bit like that movie Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants where everyone involved fit into the same pair of jeans. In my family everyone looks fantastic in this dress.
When my niece got married in April 2018, she made sure to celebrate the dress. I was so touched because my mother (for whom the dress was originally made), died in 1980 and did not live to see most of the brides who wore it. Somehow, to me, she lives on in the lives of those who wear her dress to marry their loved ones. Not one bride who has worn this dress to marry has ever divorced.
And below, the latest bride to wear the dress – my niece Jessica Dean neé Westraadt, who owns these photographs. Doesn’t she look stunning? She is taller than my mother was so she wore it more waltz length and it suited her perfectly.
It is hard to believe that the dress is 61 years old. And that it looks as classic today as it did six decades ago. My mother was not into fashion but she sure hit it out of the park with her wedding dress! And we have not taken particularly good care of it – it was stored in a box for many years, and then hung behind a bedroom door in a dress bag.
I wonder who the next bride to wear the dress will be? And how long the dress will last?