James-Galanos

Lauren Hutton is the model most often associated with the 1970s ideal of natural, rangy, athletic, and active beauty. Here she is shown wearing a Galanos pinstripe suit that embodied the working woman’s uniform at its most elegant. It was accessorized by de rigueur gold chains, straight-heeled pumps, and a slouchy hat worn low over the brow.

—Caroline Rennolds Milbank, 1989

Photo by Francesco Scavullo.

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The First Lady, an unofficial but important job. She is the host of the white house and the face of the family. First ladies like Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, and Michelle Obama are some of my favorites due to their chic wardrobes of course. 

My most favorite of evenings to watch is the inauguration ball. Where everyone looks their best. 

Mrs. Reagan chose a single-shoulder James Galanos for her husband’s 1981 inaugural ball. “She knew her style very well, and it was always simple and elegant,” Galanos told the Los Angeles Times. The First Lady made the most of the $22,500 hand-beaded gown by wearing it a second time before donating it to the Smithsonian.

Sentiment—and the ‘70s-era recession—led Mrs. Carter to recycle the off-the-rack blue chiffon gown she wore to her husband’s gubernatorial inauguration six years earlier. “I think she was trying to make a statement about being economical and being 'just folks,’” fashion historian Valerie Steele has said. The gold-trimmed dress, which was designed by Mary Matise for Jimmae, was topped with an evening cape by New York designer Dominic Rompollo.

For the 1961 celebration, Kennedy collaborated on a design with Bergdorf Goodman’s Ethel Frankau. “What you see with the inaugural gown is the triumph of her own personal style,” the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Valerie Steele has said. “To use fashion as a way of representing her husband’s presidency—to look modern, elegant, simple and American.” The sheath layered blouson chiffon over a silver-embroidered bodice.

“First Lady pink” became a national sensation following Mrs. Eisenhower’s 1953 debut in a peau de soie Nettie Rosenstein design with 2,000 rhinestones. Matching evening gloves and a pearl-encrusted clutch finished the look.

It seems only fare to mention Mrs. Clinton as she seems to only have poor fashion moments and this is not one of them. When it came to finding a gown for the 1993 gala, the future Secretary of State looked to Arkansas store owner Barbara Baber and former Designing Women costume designer Cliff Chally for options.Great job here… If only she had a constant glam team.

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. “Bush 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.’” Sweet hu?

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Inside Grace’s wardrobe…

Grace’s pale blue chiffon James Galanos day dress. This ice blue silk chiffon day dress with delicate hand stitching had a large round collar with a ribbon bow. James Galanos was a California designer who previously worked for Hattie Carnegie, NYC.

Grace wore this dress at a reception for the official presentation of wedding gifts in Monaco on April 17, 1956. Her ensemble also included a small headpiece of matching blue ribbon, white gloves and the Morabito needlepoint bag she carried at the Academy Awards in 1955.