What the first ladies wore

Looking back at over 50 years of inaugural fashion. [20 photos total]

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John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy arrive at the National Guard Armory for the inaugural ball in, January 1961. Ethel Frankau of Bergdorf Custom Salon designed the first lady's sleeveless gown and matching cape. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum #
Lady Bird Johnson in her inaugural gown designed by John Moore, January 1965. She ordered the dress through Neiman Marcus. White House Photo/LBJ Library #
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter dance at the inaugural ball, January 1977. Rosalynn Carter's gold-trimmed dress was the same she wore to her husband's gubernatorial inauguration six years earlier, designed by Mary Matisse. Marion S. Trikosko/White House Photo #
Ronald and Nancy Reagan pose in the White House red room before attending their inaugural balls in 1981 (L) and 1985. Nancy Reagan wore John Galanos-designed gowns for both occasions. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library #
Ronald and Nancy Reagan wave from the limousine during their inaugural parade in January 1981. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library #
President Reagan laughs after Nancy forgot to introduce him during the Inaugural Band Concert in January 1985. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library #
President Clinton takes the oath of office as daughter Chelsea Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton look on, January 1997. (REUTERS/Blake Sell) #
President Bill Clinton helps his wife Hillary with her coat as they get ready to leave the New England Inaugural Ball, January 1993. Hillary chose a sketch submitted by Sarah Phillips over more established designers for her shimmering, violet-laced gown. (REUTERS/Jim Bourg) #
President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush wave as they walk during the Inaugural parade, January 20, 2001. REUTERS #
First lady Laura Bush waves as she arrives on stage with President George W. Bush at theTexas Ball, January 2001. Laura chose a gown by Texas designer Michael Faircloth, and adorned the outfit with a pearl necklace.REUTERSWin McNamee #
President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush on stage at the Black Tie and Boots inaugural ball, January 2005. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking) #
President George W. Bush gives a thumbs up to a supporter with first lady Laura Bush while walking in the inaugural parade, January 20, 2005. (REUTERS/Files) #
President George W. Bush waves with first lady Laura Bush during the Texas Wyoming Ball, January 20, 2005. Laura chose a design by Oscar de la Renta for her second inaugural ball. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
President Barack Obama walks with his wife Michelle after he was sworn in as the 44th President, January 2009. Michelle is wearing a custom-made ensemble by Cuban-born American designer Isabel Toledo. (REUTERS/Tannen Maury/Pool) #
The creamy yellow dress and overcoat, made of satin-backed wool guipure, was accessorized with green gloves and shoes. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) #
Michelle Obama at the Southern Regional Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 2009. Michelle wore a custom-made ensemble by Cuban-born American designer Isabel Toledo. (REUTERS/Jim Young) #
The design, which many thought resembled a classic wedding dress, was interpreted by many to symbolize a new beginning. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
President Obama and first lady Michelle wave during their second inaugural parade, January 2013. Michelle wore a collarless blue-checkered coat by Thom Browne with shoes from J. Crew. (REUTERS/Doug Mills/Pool) #
First lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Jason Wu dress, waves to attendees at the Commander in Chief's ball, January 2013. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking) #
Michelle accessorized the velvet-detailed chiffon gown with shoes by Jimmy Choo. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) #

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