Presidents’ Wives Inaugural Gowns Exhibit

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.

One of the most lavish gowns was worn by Mamie Eisenhower in 1953. It is designed by Nettie Rosenstein which boasted over 2,000 rhinestones stitched into the pale pink peau de soie.

Rosalyn Carter however chose to recycle an old gown she wore first in 1917 during hes husband’s inaugural as  Governor of Georgia.

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.


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One Response to Presidents’ Wives Inaugural Gowns Exhibit

  1. sis this is a great story! and i love jackie O…she is the epitome of elegant style.

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