The Expensive Secret of Jackie Kennedy’s Camelot Chic: A French Givenchy Inaugural Gown With An American Label

Mamie Eisenhower, 1953 by Nettie Rosenstein

Mamie Eisenhower, 1953 by Nettie Rosenstein

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Mrs. Benjamin Harrison's  1889 Inaugural Gown Was The First One Made In The U.S.

Mrs. Benjamin Harrison’s 1889 Inaugural Gown Was The First One Made In The U.S.

No surprise here--it's Martha Washinton's, Our First First Lady's Inaugural Gown

No surprise here–it’s Martha Washinton’s, Our First First Lady’s Inaugural Gown

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That bombshell, so very Fifties pink number with a splash of 2,000 rhinestones  was by Nettie Rosenstein for Mamie Eisenhower, 1953. Yes, it was the postwar New Look but the small waisted, poufy dance skirt silhouette that required corsets and petticoats could have been worn in 1889 if Mrs. Benjamin Harrison had been a hotter babe.

A more moderh Camelot Chic arrived with Jackie Kennedy. Rumored to have a $100,000 clothing allowance, the First Lady loved French couture and used the atelier of Bergdorf Goodman to make her clothes. Though Oleg Cassini took credit for her “American” wardrobe, her most iconic pieces (like her 1961 Inaugural Costume) was actually designed by Hubert Givenchy, Audrey Hepburn’s fave, who was French.

Helen Taft Inaugural Gown

Helen Taft Inaugural Gown, 1909

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