The vibrant music, fashion and dancing of the ‘40s and ‘50s have long fascinated Deborah Weyman and provided the theme for her September 2004 wedding to John McKinney in Charleston, SC. An illustrated book of vintage weddings inspired the dress she designed, based on Christian Dior’s narrow-waisted, full-skirted "New Look" popular in the late ‘40s. Charleston-based couture dressmaker Jessica Resch used two layers of silk—one solid ivory, the other striped—to create the dress. Several crinoline underskirts were cut and sewn together to achieve the desired volume in the tea-length skirt.
Deborah’s headpiece was a swirl of delicate netting anchored by a white satin flower, made by milliner Jewell Mikell. That evening, compliments tumbled from the lips of her guests, and words like glamorous and movie star rang in her ears.