Jacqueline Kennedy in her own design (1961)
Via John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Jackie Kennedy is often thought as the epitome of First Lady glamour. For her husband John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, Jackie O wore a custom design she worked on in collaboration with Ethel Frankau, the head of the custom salon at Bergdorf Goodman. The white gown with embellished bodice and sheer overlay along with matching cape gave the new First Lady an ethereal quality. Mrs. Kennedy finished off her inaugural look with elbow length white gloves. Here’s how to steal more style secrets from Jacqueline Kennedy.
Lady Bird Johnson in John Moore (1963)
Via LBJ Presidential Library
Lady Bird Johnson wasn’t your typical political spouse of the era. She was highly educated, ambitious, and a driving force behind her husband. For her inaugural gown, she chose a bold yellow gown by John Moore that she ordered through Neiman Marcus. According to Lady Bird Johnson, she chose a gown she thought would age well. Check out these gorgeous classic dresses every woman should own.
Pat Nixon in Karen Stark for Harvey Berin (1969)
Via National Archives
Going with the theme started by Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon also chose a bold yellow gown by Karen Stark for Harvey Berin, but she added some extra pop. The gown featured gold and silver embroidery and was encrusted with Austrian crystals. Her husband President Richard Nixon is quoted as saying, “I like all of Pat’s dresses, particularly this one tonight, and…when she gets finished with it, you’ll get it at the Smithsonian.”