Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Glamour at the Museum

I frequently love to visit the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. The building has three levels of exhibits that capture fascinating stories from the past.

One of the exhibits that constantly intrigues, and where you will always find lines, is the First Ladies exhibit. There, you’ll find stories of the first ladies told through their gowns.

One of my favorite gowns on display is Jacqueline Kennedy’s off-white gown that she wore to the 1961 inaugural ball. The gown is sleeveless with silk chiffon over silver embroidered peau d’ange. Ethel Frankau of Bergdorf custom salon designed this gown based on Jacqueline’s suggestions. The gown is delicate, simple, and chic, which reflected Jackie’s choice of the polished style. Her fashion choices proved to be influential to this day.

Unfortunately, the matching cape seen in the picture was not displayed

I love the subtle flow of the dress... (photo taken without flash)
Photography by Amal for Picture of Elegance Blog


Splendid Sass said...

Lucky you to have this museum so nearby! Just beautiful.
Have a nice evening.

diane@onlinefabricstore said...

We visit DC twice a year (my Dad is buried at Arlington) and this past May we saw this exhibit and I loved it. I was surprised at how tiny all the first ladies seemed to be. But the fabrics were beautiful and the styles still popular today.

Anonymous said...

Dear Pof E, I agree that this dress is absolutely lovely. Elegant, polished and poised just like JK herself.

How lucky to have the Museum so close at hand.


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