Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery


#1698 - c. 1960 JACQUES HEIM Designer Silk and Beaded Ballgown with Matching Cape! Worn in 1961 to John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Ball in Paris! Comes complete with Oversized Inaugural Ball Program and Newspaper Clipping of the Event! So much to talk about for this one dress! First of all, the Parisian Jacques Heim (1899-1967) was "an original, inventive designer" according to the Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designer book. Heim was best known for his young and sportswear collections and is one of the designers credited with the introduction and promotion of the Bikini. So this gown is of historical fashion importance. Original Label "Jacques Heim" with "93530" written in ink on tape attached to back of label. Secondly, the owner of this gown wore it to John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Ball given in his honor by General Charles de Gaulle June 1, 1961. The gown comes complete with the original Oversized program from the event along with a newspaper clipping of the event with photos of John and Jacqueline Kennedy. And thirdly... it's a magnificent gown on it's own! A gorgeous Turquoise lightly ribbed silk with fascinatingly different 3-D white flower beads, crystal round and drop pendant beads, silver bugle beads and rhinestones. Wide "sash" waist, jeweled neckline, skirt trimmed with two symmetric beaded "bands". The gown has seven layers of crinoline for the ballgown "pouf" and a very deep plunging back to the waist for dramatic effect. Then.. there is a long full matching cape... very plain. The condition of the gown, cape and program is Excellent.
SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Study