Today, a new exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History will see the display of the most famous dresses worn by U.S. Presidents’ wives. Exquisite inaugural gowns of Michelle Obama, Jackie Kennedy, Mamie Eisenhower, Betty Ford, Barbara Bush and Nancy Regan are all included in the exhibit called First Lady Debuts.
Take a peek on their first outfits in the role of first lady:
The most glamorous of them all of course is Jackie Kennedy who chose to wear a cape over her ball gown in 1961. She chose American couturiers and this particular gown was made by Ethel Frankau of Bergdorf Custom Salon.
Pat Nixon chose a yellow-silk crystal studded ensemble by Karen Stark for Harvey Berin.
And who can forget the stunning off shoulder gown created by Jason Wu for Mrs. Obama? Perhaps Nancy Reagan’s beaded off-shoulder gown designed by James Galanos gave an inspiration to Michelle to choose the dress.