Resplendent in fur, Mamie Eisenhower surprised (some would say shocked) onlookers when she and her President-elect husband engaged in a post-inaugural ceremony kiss, something that had allegedly never been done before.
Early 60's style rules dictated dark suits for ladies, but Jackie bucked the trend and went with a pale Oleg Cassini ensemble, edged in sable. It was very cold that year—there had been a blizzard in Washington just the night before the inauguration—so Jackie opted for gloves AND a fur muff.
Lady Bird's choice of red was strong and cheery, and there's no denying she stood out in the crowd. She went on to don a yellow, satin gown and matching top coat for the ball that evening, and received high praise for her choice.
It has been reported that when Richard Nixon told his wife he was running for President--his 8th shot at public office--Pat was unenthused at the thought of another greuling campaign. However, she rallied, and proved a valuable asset to her husband. Not considered a fashion plate, she went with a bold cranberry coat for the big day and looked just great.
Gerald Ford's better half was criticized by some Republican party big wigs for being too liberal--she favored social programs and women's rights--but she maintained high public approval ratings none the less. Her fashion choices? Chic but simple.
The country was eager to see what this southern bell would bring to Washington, fashion-wise, and it was a mix of pastel hues, feminine styles and...boots. Her long, teal coat worn for the inauguration was deemed plain by many, but most came to understand that it spoke to her (and her husband's) regular-folk sensibility.
There's no question that this Hollywood duo loved the glamour, and Nancy was known (and reviled by many) for her penchant for spending. Favoring designer clothes exclusively--regulars included Adolfo, Bill Blass and Galanos--she wore one particular hue so much that it was actually referred to as "Nancy Reagan red."
OK, so maybe she didn't ALWAYS wear red. This cobalt number was a huge departure, and won her high marks among the fashion elite. Some thought the pillbox hat was a page taken out of the Jackie Kennedy play book, and we'd have to agree.
It's hard to look at this photograph and not page through the many visual incarnations of Hillary Clinton. This was the first time she stepped onto the world stage, and fashion critics were harsh: the red and white checked suit, the wide-brim hat, the dark hose, all panned. And it was just the beginning...
Laura Bush chose a long, blue coat that emphasized her slender frame for her husband's first inaugural. It's often quite cold in Washington in January, and one wonders if there will come a time when the First Lady can opt for, say, PANTS in order to keep warm.
The color was termed lemongrass; the designer was Cuban-American Isabel Toledo. The ensemble, which featured a dress and matching coat, also included a sweater worn underneath, allegedly added at the last minute once frigid temperatures were predicted. This would be the start of nothing short of a world obsession regarding Mrs. Obama's fashion choices.