January 19, 2009

Ball Gowns Through the Years

I came across a photo gallery of Inaugural ball gowns through the years and wanted to share a few photos. The rest can be found at Yahoo News or Fox News. It's really fun to see how the gowns have evolved over the years.

Helen Taft's 1909 inaugural ball gown

President Dwight Eisenhower and Mamie on their way to the Inaugural Ball, 1953

President Kennedy and Jackie, 1961  


Fashion designer Oleg Cassini shows sketches of Jackie's inaugural wardrobe to fashion editors


Lady Bird Johnson (center) with her daughters Luci (left) and Lynda (right), 1963

President Ronald Reagan and Nancy at the Inaugural Ball, 1981

President George H.W. Bush and Barbara, 1989

President Clinton and Hilary at the 1997 Inaugural Ball

First Lady Laura Bush, 2001

First Lady Laura Bush, 2005

{Photos, AP}

15 comments:

Lou Lou said...

Love this post! Jackie's is my favorite!

pink green & southern said...

Thanks for posting this--I so enjoyed it!

The Blonde Duck said...

I like Jackie's! Classy!

Sweet Simplicity said...

Great post!! I love looking at all the dresses. I agree with the others Jackie's is definitely the best.

Molly said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one obsessing over ballgowns today!

Princess Freckles said...

Love this! Of course, I love Jackie the most. Laura bush looked great too. And I've always been a fan of Nancy Reagan!

Bambi said...

If I were to pick, I'd go with Jackie or Nancy Reagan's.

Sharon said...

I wish we could see them in color! What a bummer that it is forever lost...the colors! I am from the china adoption circuit and have just stumbled upon all you frilly pink people! I love you all and am making my way through!! Hope you don't mind!!
Sharon

Kappa Prep said...

This is just a FANTASTIC post, thank you PT!! I loved seeing your collection of photos. I especially LOVE Jackie's dress, of course! Can you beleive she had just recently given birth to JFKjr and made it to so many events. She is an example of a true woman that stood beside her husband through thick and thin. I also loved that you included a photo of Mrs. taft's dress as her brother-in-law started my boarding school!

Pink Maple said...

Thanks so much for finding and sharing these!

Preppy 101 said...

I love this post!!!! I always wondered why Nancy Reagan wore her hair up that year. I thought she looked so great with it down. Love Laura Bush's and of course - Jackie wins everything hands down!!!

QueenBeeSwain said...

such a fun post! I love Barbara Bush's gown- just so early 90's!

kHm

Kate said...

ooh what a fun post! I just love dreaming of my own gown ;)

Maggie said...

I saw this display when I was in DC a few years ago, I purposely set out the see the dress display and it was marvelous! Nice post!

preppy little dress said...

beautiful photos!

 
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