Lou Henry Hoover, 1929-1933

Lou Hoover’s Day Dress
Gift of Mrs. Herbert Hoover

Floral-patterned silk day dress fastened at the waist with a costume-jewelry brooch.

When Lou Hoover became first lady she was already considered one of the “best-dressed women in official life” and was the first first lady to appear in Vogue magazine. She always wore American-made clothes and in 1932 made a point of wearing cotton dresses, including a specially designed evening gown, to promote the cotton textile industry.

Courtesy of Library of Congress

Lou Hoover’s Evening Gown
Gift of Mrs. Herbert Hoover

Silk crepe evening gown with metallic thread brocade.

When Lou Hoover became first lady she was already considered one of the “best-dressed women in official life” and was the first first lady to appear in Vogue magazine. She always wore American-made clothes and in 1932 made a point of wearing cotton dresses, including a specially designed evening gown, to promote the cotton textile industry.

Courtesy of Library of Congress