Thursday, May 6, 2010

Dressing Up History

First of all I'd like to remind you to vote for your favorite photo to select a winner for the Images Giveaway... I was only able to select 36 out of all the ones I received. Thanks for your help!

I remember a while ago I watched mystery movie where the crime happened at a party at the Smithsonian Museum to unveil an exhibit of the first ladies dresses. The thing that I really remember about it is the the exhibit so when I visited the Smithsonian Museums I made it mandatory to go and finally see the dresses worn by the first ladies through the years.

Helen Taft's inaugural dress from 1909 and her embroidered Chinese robe


Jacqueline Kennedy's inaugural silk gown from 1961 which she wore with a 
cape a solidified her as a fashion icon

Lady Bird Johnson and Pat Nixon's Inaugural dresses worn in 1965 and 1969 respectively

Betty Ford's State Dinner dress from 1975 and Rosalynn Carter's Inaugural dress from 1977

Nancy Reagan's Inaugural dress from 1981 - sorry I don't have a details of the 
embroidery that was amazing

Michelle Obama's inaugural silk chiffon dress with flowers and 
Swarovsky crystals and diamond jewelry

Enjoy the day as I will be indoors with the AC at full blast!

22 comments:

  1. How gorgeous to see these images of the gowns worn by the first ladies.

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  2. Oh my goodness, what a cool fashion exhibit! I must put this on my list of MUST DO'S on my next trip to the Smithsonian. Did you have a favorite? I did love Michelle Obama in that gown, absolutely stunning. How are you doing this week Elie? xox

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  3. the dresses are so lovely!

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  4. I've wanted to see this for a while now. Just means I need to take another trip to DC!

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  5. That would have been so fun to attend. Love all the neat ensembles, especially Mrs. O's gown. :)

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  6. So gorgeous! Jakie O's and Mrs. Obama's dresses are my two favorites. Such stylish first ladies they were and are!

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  7. Two of my favorite things...fashion and history. You are so lucky to have been able to experience these beauties up close and personal!! :)

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  8. michelle's dress still gives me chills. i'd get married wearing that!

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  9. This is so cool! I've always wanted to go to the Smithsonian ...hopefully one day =) Great photos! I love Jackie O's and Michelle's dress too ..

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  10. Oh...so great! What a great photos! Thanks for sharing this amazing post with us!
    Kisses

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  11. These garments are exquisite! What an amazing exhibit. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog.
    Ta'
    Beq

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  12. Fashion history is so fascinating and inspiring. I would love to see exhibit like this in person!

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  13. Hi!! thank you so much for visiting me. I will be back soon and have a complete visit to your blog, I'm very curious about that!!

    Wish you a happy weekend!! Zaira

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  14. Oh my, so georgeous. Love this post:)

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  15. Great dresses. And the Smithsonian has been on my radar for some time, too.

    Greetings from London.

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  16. I've never been to the Smithsonian but now it's on my list of things I MUST do! I'd kill to see Nancy Reagan's dress up close...it looks gorgeous! Which was your favorite!

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  17. Wow!! What great images here!! I can't believe Michelle didn't keep her dress :) But I guess after many many years the dresses go out of style maybe? Either way it is beautiful!! Sounds like a great trip!! Have a lovely weekend, gorgeous!! XO

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  18. I have to commend these first ladies for willing giving up such gorgeous dresses! I might have a hard time parting with the one I wore if I had been in that situation.

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  19. beautiful! i had a book of dresses that i found at an estate sale i passed it on to a friend but the dresses were amazing!

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  20. oh my gosh, how incredible! thank you for sharing this with us, this is amazing. :)

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