First Ladies’ Fashions (page 2 of 6)

The First Ladies at the Smithsonian

First Ladies’ Fashions (page 2 of 6)

Florence Harding’s Dress

Florence Harding’s dress features pearlized sequins on tulle and rhinestone-trimmed blue velvet ribbon. It was designed by Harry Collins.

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Inaugural Reception Gown

Eleanor Roosevelt wore this pink rayon crepe gown trimmed with lace and sequins to the 1945 inaugural reception. It was designed by Arnold Constable.

Jacqueline Kennedy’s Evening Gown

Jacqueline Kennedy wore this yellow silk evening gown with an overlay of crepe chiffon in 1961 for the Kennedy administration’s first state dinner, for Tunisian president Habib Bourguiba. Oleg Cassini designed the gown.

Grace Coolidge’s Evening Dress

Grace Coolidge’s flapper-style evening dress is made of velvet-trimmed black-and-gold metallic lace over a gold lamé underdress.

Mamie Eisenhower’s Evening Gown

Mamie Eisenhower wore this rose-colored silk damask evening gown for a 1957 state dinner at the British Embassy. Nettie Rosenstein designed the ensemble, which included a matching purse and shoes.

Rosalynn Carter's Inaugural Gown

Rosalynn Carter wore this blue chiffon evening gown and sleeveless coat trimmed with gold embroidery and braid to the 1977 inaugural balls. She wore the same dress six years earlier when Jimmy Carter became governor of Georgia. It was designed by Mary Matise for Jimmae.