On 21 September 1996, Carolyn Bessette, then publist of Calvin Klein married John F. Kennedy Jr, the only son of John F. Kennedy, the 35th American presient and his wife Jackie Kennedy, in a private ceremony off the coast of Georgia on Cumberland Island.
The dress is a simple white slip floor length dress cut on the bias.
It was designed by American fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez, who was Carolyn's colleague at Calvin Klein and her friend. According to the designer, he had designed it with so much love, for the person "that he loved the most", not for a press event for the woman who would be Mrs. JFK Jr. But nonetheless, when the news revealing the identity of the designer for Carolyn Bessette's dress, Rodriguez became from a private person to a very public one, and his life changed forever.
Carolyn Bessette only accessorised her dress with a white silk tulle veil and a pair of white elbow gloves, also made of white tulle. On her feet, she wore a pair of simple white sandals.