Abigail Kingston, 30, will wear the century-old dress when she marries her fiancee on October 17
The first bride to wear the dress was her great-great-grandmother Mary in 1895
A tailor restored the gown to its original design after 200 hours of work
Abigail Kingston (left), 30, will wear the century-old dress when she marries her fiancé on October 17. The first bride to wear the dress was her great-great-grandmother in 1895, and the last was in 1991.
It has been worn by 10 other members of her family. Abby, who recently moved from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina, feared she would not be able to continue the charming family tradition. However, after 200 hours of restoration work, Abby will now be able to wear the dress when she marries next month.
It was Lowry’s granddaughter Jane Woodruff who was delighted to wear the dress for her February 20, 1946, wedding to John Kearns.
The next to wear the dress was Virginia Woodruff on her October 13, 1948, wedding to Douglas MacConnell.
Abby said that when she became engaged to her fiancé, Jason Curtis, she immediately knew she wanted to wear the family heirloom – but had to go on quite the journey to track down the dress.
Her mother, Leslie Kingston, found out that the current keeper of the gown was family member Sara ‘Sally’ Seiler Ogden, who wore it in 1960.
She happily shipped it along, but when Abby saw the condition of the dress when she received it ahead of her October 17 nuptials, she wasn’t sure it would be possible for her to wear it.