Fashionable First Ladies

Series: Shire Library USA (777)
From their dignified swearing-in ceremony outfit to their choice of Inaugural Ballgown, America's First Ladies make news in the world of fashion and several havebecome trendsetters with their distinct personal style and great panache on thenational stage. Fashionable First Ladies explores the fashion sense of all the First Ladies, notingimportant firsts and signature looks such as: Jacqueline Kennedy's incomparabletaste and style which was firmly rooted in her extensive knowledge of art and history;Pat Nixon's distinction of being the first wife of the president to wear pants in public in1972; Nancy Reagan's favored red-colored designer ensembles; Mamie Eisenhower'sever-present hairstyle with bangs; and Rosalynn Carter's frugal reuse of the Inauguralgown she wore to her husband's inauguration as governor six years earlier. Alsofeatured are First Ladies whose clothes, style and fashion sense had politicalconsequences in their day such as Mary Todd Lincoln's lavish spending on clothesand jewelry while the nation was at war and the on-going controversy of how revealingFirst Lady gowns should be: from Frances Cleveland being petitioned by the Women'sTemperance Union in the 1880s to cover her shoulders and set a better moraleexample to Florence Harding's Jazz Age evening gowns of bared shoulders andGrace Coolidge's sleeveless flapper gowns just forty years later. America's FirstLadies sometimes led and often reflected the fashions of their times but their uniqueinterpretation of fashion and style has become a venerated cultural institution.