Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Stylish Inaugural Gowns of the Years...

In honour of today being Inauguration Day here in the United States, I thought it might be fun to take a look back at several of the more stylish fashion choices our first ladies have chosen for Inauguration Day...Unfortunately, there aren't many.

"Lady Bird" Johnson was a ray of sunshine at hubby Lyndon B. Johnson's 1965 inauguration in a bright yellow silk gown by John Moore.

Jacqueline Kennedy was a fashion plate from the beginning..., stepping out with John F. Kennedy in a white gown and cape she designed herself, with the help of Bergdorf Goodman's Ethan Frankau in 1961.

Nancy Reagan ushered in a new era of glamour with her embroidered lace inaugural gown by James Galanos along with husband, former actor, Ronald Reagan in 1981.

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The Inauguration...

I was most ecstatic to discover that Michelle Obama chose to wear a dress by one of my favourite designers

of all time, Isabel Toledo during her husband's swearing in ceremony.

Left, Toledo's exquisite coat and dress made of Swiss wool lace, backed with netting and lined in French silk.

"It's great. We're so happy." said Toledo today upon learning that Obama had chosen her dress to wear to the swearing in ceremony. Toledo, who has been making clothes in New York for 25 years. "I wanted to pick a very optimistic color, that had sunshine. I wanted her to feel charmed, and in that way would charm everybody."

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Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord..."

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The Inaugural Ball...

"How good does my wife look?" President Barack Obama asked the crowd at tonight's Neighborhood Ball.

Michelle Obama, wearing a one-shouldered ivory gown in silk chiffon with crystal rhinestones by designer Jason Wu, waves to the crowd.


Times And Chimes said...

Michelle and Barack looked amazing today! I cried so many times while watching coverage- filled with pride and hope. When I saw the couple emerge this morning my first thought was "Camelot all over again" and it's true. They are so beautiful, not just physically, but mentally and spiritually. I am in love with our First Family.

Thank you for posting those wonderful dresses! So neat to look back!

HelenesDreams.etsy.com said...

What a great day it was..to see so many people happy and hopeful for once. I'm all for it. The Obama's are a great looking family. They both shined. Great blog by the way. Is that you in your avatar..your just beautiful as well!

Oh Mandie! said...

Michelle looked amazing!! It was really refreshing to see her dressed stylish and also in accord with the times and style of today.

Its about time government starts appealing to the younger generation!

But most importantly the new first family has beautiful souls and the ablity to make America great again - and the ability to instill faith in alot of people who have lost it over the course of the past 8 years :-)

sherry said...

I love Isabel Toledo too, and you've got to love Lady Bird's hair!

Petra said...

I love at Isabel Toledo too, but you never hear about her. I'm so happy she was chosen. May be her beautiful work will become more of a household name now. She deserves it.