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Jackie Kennedy’s White House Style

What did these two women think of the other one’s outfit when they met? I’ve been preparing a talk on Jackie Kennedy’s White House fashion for a local museum. The research has been a lot of fun.  In the process, … Continue reading

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About Pantsuits, Not Politics

The American media is abuzz with interpretations of what Melania Trump might have meant by donning a white pantsuit to her husband’s first State of the Union speech.  If you want to read a particularly clever analysis, try the article … Continue reading

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Lou Hoover at the Sewing Machine, 1932

A sucker for anything sewing related, I snatched up this ebay photo of Lou Hoover (1874-1944), wife of Herbert Hoover. I had never given Herbert Hoover’s wife any thought, but just a little research on the First Ladies website reveals … Continue reading

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Ida Saxton McKinley—A First Lady with Cropped Hair

The story of First Lady Ida McKinley’s rediscovered tiara has recently hit the media, after the piece showed up on the TV show Pawn Stars. The William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum in Canton Ohio has now stepped in to … Continue reading

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The First Lady Effect

The Canadian American designer Arnold Scaasi started a successful couture design business in the 1960s, just as similar businesses were closing. His business was lucrative, with many celebrities among his clients.  Nonetheless, according to the engaging book The Fashion Cycle … Continue reading

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The President’s Birthday Ball, 1935

Off and on I give talks on fashion history for local groups and at the end I always ask for pictures and stories for my blog. After a recent talk for the county chapter of the American Sewing Guild a … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions

Although I know that it is foolish, I love to imagine a fresh start with the New Year.  Last year, I resolved to ride my bike more.  I was somewhat successful since I advanced from zero to about ten times…but … Continue reading

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Designer Dustup

If you still wondered whether or not fashion was political, I hope the controversy over  Ann Romney’s and Michelle Obama’s convention dresses has finally convinced you. Romney wore a red dress by the established designer Oscar de la Renta that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Power Dressing by Robb Young

In this thought-provoking book, British author Robb Young examines the wardrobe choices of First Ladies and women politicians from around the world.  With a brief glance backward, he begins his detailed analysis in the 1980s and continues up to 2010.  … Continue reading

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Edith Wilson in a Fox Fur

According to Fifty Years of Fashion published by Women’s Wear Daily in 1950, fox furs were big news in the first part of the twentieth century.  They were not made into coats but rather used as scarves or wraps, a … Continue reading

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