First Lady Inaugural Fashions

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People have always been fascinated with the attire of our President’s wife, especially her outfit of choice for the Inaugural Ball.  Of course it was Jacqueline Kennedy who raised First Lady fashion to a whole new level of chicness, the likes of which had never been seen before or since!

Her fashion legacy remains the gold standard to which all First Ladies are now compared. This is especially true for Michelle Obama,  who has very often been touted as the next Jackie Kennedy.  So tonight all eyes will be on Mrs. Obama to see if the gown she chooses helps her live up to her reputation as the next White House style icon.  One thing I think we can count on is it won’t be boring or matronly looking!  And tomorrow it will certainly be interesting to read the endless critiques on her choice.

In the meantime, here are a few gowns worn by First Ladies, a video from the National Museum of Natural History on  First Lady fashions and a link to a fun NY Times First Lady Fashion quiz you can take to test your knowledge on inaugural dresses.

1981-Nancy Reagan in a white beaded silk gown by James Galanos.


1961- Jacqueline Kennedy’s gown and cape was an expression of her own individual style since she designed it herself and had it made at Bergdorf Goodman.jackie_kennedy

1953- Mamie Eisenhower’s fabulous pink silk Nettie Rosenstein gown was covered with over 2000 pink rhinestones.  Becoming one of the most representative colors of the 50s, it was known as “Mamie Pink” or “First Lady Pink.


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