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Rosalynn Carter (with daughter Amy) in Mary Matise for Jimmae at the 1977 inaugural ball

First Ladies' Inaugural Gowns Throughout History

Rosalynn and Amy Carter at the 1977 inaugural ball of Jimmy Carter. In keeping with the thrifty feel caused by the economic slump of the time, Mrs Carter chose the same gown she wore at her husband's gubernatorial inauguration.

First Lady Rosalynn Carter wore the same dress for Jimmy’s 1977 presidential inauguration balls as she did when he was elected the the Governor of Georgia in 1971– and she got considerable flack for doing so. She was accused of failing to support American designers, but America was in an economic slump at the time and her choice was a brave and poignant reflection of that.

Rosalynn Carter wore this gold-embroidered sleeveless coat over a gold-trimmed blue chiffon gown designed by Mary Matise to the 1977 Inaugural balls.

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Laura Bush  For her husband's 2001 gala, Mrs. Bush chose a crystal-embellished gown in vivid ruby from home-state designer Michael Faircloth. The Chantilly lace design earned Faircloth a very important accolade. "[The President] said, 'You always do a wonderful job, Michael,'" the Texan talent told People. "Then he looked at Mrs. Bush and said, 'And my Laura always looks so beautiful.'"

First Ladies' Inaugural Gowns Throughout History

Amy Carter, daughter of former President Jimmy Carter, poses with new husband Jim Wentzel after the two were married in a brief and private ceremony in Plains, Ga. Sunday, Sept. 1, 1996.

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Pat Nixon, Karen Stark for Harvey Berin, 1969

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Pat Nixon- 1969 inaugural gown-swarosvki crystal-studded satin dress and bolero jacket. Beautiful and timeless For the 1969 gala, Nixon selected a mimosa-hued gown designed by Karen Stark for Harvey Berin

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Princess Anne married her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips, on November already discussed the tiara she wore (on loan fr.