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Helen Taft’s Inaugural Ball Gown, 1909 (by national museum of american history)

Helen Taft’s 1909 inaugural ball gown is made of white silk chiffon appliquéd with floral embroideries in metallic thread and trimmed with rhinestones and beads. It was made by the Frances Smith Company.

House of Worth, teagown, c.1900, France, gift of Mrs. Middleton Train, photograph by Irving Solero

Charles Frederick Worth Teagown France, c. 1900 Printed white silk gauze, silk chain stitch, white lace Worn by Mrs.

This Jason Wu gown ignited the designer’s career while also launching Michelle Obama as a style icon.

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Michelle Obama wore this one-shouldered white silk chiffon gown embellished with organza flowers with Swarovski crystal centers to the 2009 Inaugural balls. It was designed by Jason Wu

Mary Lincoln (1818-1882)’s Purple Velvet Ensemble: This outfit believed to have been made by African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckly and worn by the first lady during the winter social season of 1861–62. All three pieces are piped with white satin. The daytime bodice is trimmed with mother-of pearl buttons. Its lace collar is of the period but is not original to the bodice. The evening bodice is trimmed with lace and chenille fringed braid.

Mary Lincoln’s Purple Velvet Ensemble This outfit believed to have been made by African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckly and worn by the first lady during the winter social season of National Museum of American History

Callot Soeurs evening dress, 1914  I want this dress SO HARD

Evening dress Callot Soeurs (French, active Designer: Madame Marie Gerber (French) Date: 1914 Culture: French Medium: silk, metal Dimensions: Length at CB: 83 in.

Woman's and children's costumes, 1905

ornamentedbeing: “ Dress, c. 1905 “Cotton mull, lace, silk satin ribbon American An immaculately dressed wife and children were visible symbols of a man’s success at the turn of the twentieth century.

Belles of the Ball: An Insider’s Look at Inaugural Gowns Eleanor Roosevelt, 1933

Eleanor Roosevelt, 1933: The Inauguration Veteran

Rosalynn Carter’s Inaugural Gown, 1977    Rosalynn Carter wore this gold-embroidered sleeveless coat over a gold-trimmed blue chiffon gown to the 1977 inaugural balls. It was designed by Mary Matise for Jimmae and purchased through Jason’s in Americus, Georgia. Mrs. Carter’s decision to wear the same dress that she had worn to the 1971 ball celebrating her husband’s inauguration as governor of Georgia raised questions.

Gold-embroidered sleeveless coat and gold-trimmed blue chiffon gown, worn by Rosalynn Carter to her husband's inauguration as governor of Georgia, 1971 (and worn again for the inaugural balls when he became president in

Jackie Kennedy's inaugural gown. 1961 Fully Beaded Silk Shantung Gown with Matching Beaded Coat ...Gorgeous ensemble for a winter wedding. Ask your dressmaker for fabric suggestions that fit your budget.

1961 Fully Beaded Silk Shantung Gown with Matching Beaded Coat .Gorgeous ensemble for a winter wedding. Ask your dressmaker for fabric suggestions that fit your budget.

Belles of the Ball: An Insider’s Look at Inaugural Gowns Laura Bush, 2001:

Laura Bush, 2001: Scouting Out the Competition

Laura Bush wore this ruby-red gown of crystal-embroidered Chantilly lace over silk georgette to the 2001 inaugural balls. The dress was designed by fellow Texan Michael Faircloth.

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