LIFESTYLE

Bride 11th in family to wear century-old wedding dress

The heirloom was last worn by her mother
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A bride in the US was the 11th woman in her family to wear a treasured heirloom wedding dress when she tied the knot. 

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After seeking out her “something old”, 30-year-old bride-to-be Abigail Kingston knew that only her family’s special 120-year-old wedding dress would do.

According to My Modern Met, the Victorian gown was first worn by her great-great-grandmother in 1895, and had then been worn by nine other women in her family, including her own mother in 1977. 

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Abigail knew she wanted to wear her family’s heirloom dress (Credit: Getty)

However when Abigail found the dress, it was in a tired state.

After years of alterations and poor storage it had turned brown and was falling apart.

​The bride-to-be turned to bridal designer Deborah LoPresti for help…

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Abi’s mother was the last to have worn the wedding dress (Credit: Getty)

Thankfully, after 200 painstaking hours of work–which included adding new sleeves, lightening the brown shade to a champagne colour, and altering the silk and satin garment to fit Abigail’s tall, thin frame–the dress was finally restored to its original glory.

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Abi felt “like Cinderella” in her dress (Credit: Getty)

When her remodelled dress was uncovered, Abi couldn’t believe the change.

“I truly felt the magic and love putting on the dress,” Kingston told Refinery29.

“It’s my Cinderella dress–and I have the shoes to match!”

See all the photos of the dress, here

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