Last weekend I hit up the First Lady Fashion Exhibit at the Museum of American History (which is free btw) – there’s really nothing more American and entirely humbling. Add in a room chock full of some of the world’s most exquisite dresses, and you have a double wammy.
Here’s what I wore, but really who cares. The good stuff is further down… Talbots Black Crop Jacket, J.Crew Knit Seater, H&M Necklace, Target White Skinnies (Yes white. that rule no longer applies as long as you do it right), Cole Haan Riding Boots, and Kate Spade handbag.
I’m pretty sure Mark had to pull me away from at least a dozen of these gowns (and nor will I confirm or deny my sudden hallucinations of me dancing a la Gone With The Wind in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Inaugural gown & Jimmy Choo pumps). Enjoy some eye candy and see how American glamour & style has evolved. I apologize for the quality of the images, but my iPhone is pre Suri.
Left: Lou Henry Hoover’s Day Dress from 1932. At that time she made a point of wearing cotton dresses to promote the cotton textile industry. She was also the first First Lady to appear in Vogue Magazine! Right: Fashion icon Jacqueline Kennedy’s State Dinner Dress designed by Oleg Cassini in 1961.
Left: Mamie Eisenhower’s 1957 State Dinner dress designed by Nettie Rosenstein. She made charm bracelets, close-fitting hats, and the “Mamie pink” color trendy! Right: Nancy Reagan’s Inaugural Gown that was hand-beaded by designer James Galanos. She wore a Judith Leiber clutch (not pictured here).
Above: Hillary Clinton’s violet lace gown from New York designer Sarah Phillips for the Inaugural Ball of 1993. This one is my favorite, along with Mamie Eisenhower’s!
Above: First Lady Michelle Obama’s Inaugural gown designed by Jason Wu, jewels created specifically for the event by jeweler Loree Rodkin, and traditional white peep toe pumps by Jimmy Choo.