BEIJING, CHINA VIRGINIA JONES, GREAT AUNT
Virginia Lee Jones purchased the Brussels lace and satin chemise gown in China, where her military family was stationed. She wore it for her wedding to Reed Turner Roberts.
WASHINGTON, D.C. CATHERINE DUBOIS, AUNT
Catherine Lee DuBois unpacked her aunt's dress and gave it a 1950s twist by pairing it with a redingote for her marriage to Thomas Francis Pritchett.
WASHINGTON, D.C. PATRICIA DUBOIS, MOTHER
Catherine's sister Patricia Louise DuBois wore her aunt's dress, her sister's redingote and her mother's veil for her wedding to John Malcolm McIsaac.
1990 WASHINGTON, D.C. VIRGINIA PRITCHETT, COUSIN
Catherine's daughter Virginia Fairfax Pritchett, who married Robert Karl Steckbeck, made the first major alteration to the dress: updating the style of the sleeves.
ST. MICHAELS, MD. CATHERINE MCISAAC, BRIDE
After her mom died, Virginia Pritchett pulled the dress out to show it to her cousin Catherine Lee McIsaac. "In the box, there were pictures and a history of the dress," says McIsaac, who had the gown shortened and wore it to wed Bruce Render Thomas.