Eleanor Roosevelt, 1933-1945

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Inaugural Gown
Gift of Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Slate-blue silk crepe evening gown designed by Sally Milgrim for the 1933 inaugural ball. Embroidered with a leaf-and-flower design in gold thread, it featured detachable long sleeves (not displayed). The belt buckle and shoulder clips are made of rhinestone and moonstone.

A frequent traveler, Eleanor Roosevelt preferred simple outfits that could be worn with a variety of blouses and accessories. Understanding that “busy people like to buy their clothing ready made,” the first lady promoted ready-to-wear clothing but cautioned against buying goods made in sweatshops.

Courtesy of Library of Congress