In 2004, Marshall Field’s Department Store in Chicago commissioned Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave and her collaborator Rita Brown to create this exact paper replica of Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding gown. De Borchgrave painted and prepared the paper to mimic the texture and color of the original silk. Brown then folded, glued and stitched the paper into a gown, replicating all of the details of the original: from the pleated bodice to the 24-inch waist to the ruffled florets on the skirt. Before beginning their project, de Borchgrave and Brown visited the JFK Library, carefully examining and measuring the original gown and all of its details.
Joel Benjamin/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum