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Old 01-22-2021, 09:46 AM
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I posted that I my favourite exhibit at the Smithsonian is the First Lady Inauguration Gowns.

Some definitely look better in person than on the First Lady.

Do you have a favourite?


https://www.vogue.com/article/histor...on-day-fashion


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Old 01-22-2021, 09:51 AM
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I like Jackie Kennedy. Although it's a bit plain, she was such a style icon in her time in the WH (and even after).
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Old 01-22-2021, 10:24 AM
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That was fun to read. I like Barbara Bush and Michelle Obama's first one.
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Old 01-22-2021, 10:41 AM
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Of all the photos the one that made me do a full stop and stare was Michelle Obama’s black & white belted coat—stunning!
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Old 01-22-2021, 10:52 AM
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That was a fabulous trip down memory/history lane! Huge thanks, I had so much fun.

I loved so many of the gowns and dresses.

(Semi-political comment warning: sob if easily offended. I became a voter when Tricky Dick was President. My beloved mother adored him as much as I hated him. I LOVE seeing the look on Pat Nixon’s face in both of the swearing-in photos here. Love. Thanks again.)


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Old 01-22-2021, 11:10 AM
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As someone who lives in a place with an average yearly temperature of 66ºF, I couldn't help but think how cold it must have been for all the women who wore dresses with high heels and sheer panty hose at the swearing-in ceremony. The weather was windy with temperatures in the upper 30s. While men could wear warm wool socks and perhaps even long underwear, that was apparently not an option for the women. As far as I could tell, only Michelle Obama and Hillary wore a pantsuit as did Jennifer Lopez, so they could wear layers and perhaps toasty warm socks.
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Old 01-22-2021, 12:14 PM
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I have many favourites:

Mamie Eisenhower's sleeveless dress
Nancy Reagan's second dress with long sleeves (I thought the first off-the-shoulder one did nothing for her)
Hillary Clinton's purple dress
both of Laura Bush's dresses
both of Michelle Obama's dresses but especially the first one
Jill Biden's dress

Thanks for posting.
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Old 01-22-2021, 12:23 PM
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(Semi-political comment warning: sob if easily offended. I became a voter when Tricky Dick was President. My beloved mother adored him as much as I hated him. I LOVE seeing the look on Pat Nixon’s face in both of the swearing-in photos here. Love. Thanks again.)
Respectfully, you should consider putting your political comments on the Issues and Politics Board. They are not allowed here as per the board rules.

I liked Michelle Obama's black and white for the second inauguration and Laura Bush's red ball gown and Melania's powder blue outfit, but I truly loved seeing the grandure of the older gowns. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 01-22-2021, 12:52 PM
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Smithsonian has a gallery of gowns of the first ladies. It's really amazing to see the gowns in person!
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Old 01-22-2021, 02:27 PM
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I will say I liked almost all of them, they were pretty for their time. Loved Jackie, Barbara, Hilary, Nancy's the best. I did not like the 2nd dress of Eleanor's, I didn't tike the way it draped on her.

I remember seeing the dresses at the Smithsonia and also shown on the C-span programming of First Ladies. Some dresses that were not shown were amazing in the design.

I would have loved to see the gown Jill would have worn. I wonder what they will do to show her look. Her dress she wore for the night's festives was pretty and I liked it had flowers from the states and territories embrodiered [sp] on the fabric.


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Old 01-22-2021, 04:58 PM
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I loved the coat . The dress was not my particular taste.


If anyone is passionately offended for the sake of Richard Nixon at this point for the sheer mention that not everyone liked him, kudos for carrying that torch for that many decades .It would be very impressive to me if it created a stir enough to be on the IandP board in 2021.
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