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The Smithsonian’s First Lady collection came to be soon after Edith Roosevelt, wife of Teddy Roosevelt, left the White House. When the museum’s advocates asked her for a contribution, Roosevelt said that she wasn’t sure she could help: she often cut up dresses for the material after she wore them. Turns out her inaugural gown was no exception. Her daughter later donated the remaining bottom half, and the Smithsonian refashioned the bodice using photographs. (From 1905)

Edith Roosevelt, 1905: A Practical Matter

Edith Roosevelt’s 1905 Inaugural Gown - A robin’s-egg blue silk gown with a design of plumes and birds woven in gold thread. The pattern for the fabric was destroyed so that the first lady’s dress could not be copied.

Couture Millinery Atelier.: Before There Was Chanel, There Was Lamanova. Court dress by Russian haute couturière, Mme Lamanova, for Empress Alexandra Fedorovna Romanov.

Dress of Tsarina Alexandra Romanov.Lamanova - one of the most influential designer of her time. Designer to Her Majesty Empress of Russia Alexandra Romanov and the Ladies of her Court

Due splendidi abiti d’epoca

Due splendidi abiti d’epoca

Yellow evening dress belonging to Alexandra Feodorovna Romanova – Empress consort of Russia as spouse of Nicholas II, the last Emperor of the Russian Empire. Mother of Anastasia

Frances Cleveland’s Evening Gown    Frances Cleveland wore this silk evening gown with fur-edged hem and black-satin-and-jet trim during her husband’s second administration. It was made by Baltimore dressmaker Lottie Barton.

Frances Cleveland’s Evening Gown. Frances Cleveland wore this silk evening gown with fur-edged hem and black-satin-and-jet trim during her husband’s second administration. It was made by Baltimore dressmaker Lottie Barton.

Helen Herron Taft'S inaugural gown. US, ca. 1910.

Usa, cerimonia d'insediamento: tutti gli abiti delle first ladies - Repubblica.it

Helen Taft’s 1909 inaugural ball gown is made of white silk chiffon appliquéd with floral embroideries in metallic thread and trimmed with rhinestones and beads. It was made by the Frances Smith Company.

Skirt and Bodices, (probably) House of Doucet, Paris: ca. 1895, floral bodice created later from fabric from skirt, green velvet bodice by Lottie M. Barton (Baltimore). Worn by Frances Cleveland.     Housed in the "The First Ladies" Gallery (opened 11/19/2011) of the National Museum of American History.

Frances Cleveland’s skirt and bodices. The original floral chine skirt and peach velvet bodice were probably made around 1895 by the House of Doucet of Paris. The floral bodice was created later from fabric.

1869 wedding gown of Elisabeth of Wied, Queen Consort of Romania in The dress is made of silk satin, silk tulle with cotton and paper faux flowers.

ornamentedbeing: 1869 wedding gown of Elisabeth of Wied, Queen Consort of Romania in The dress is made of silk satin, silk tulle with cotton and paper faux flowers. Held at FIDM.

1915 Tea Dress with Chiffon Overlay Early Vintage

1915 Tea Dress with Chiffon Overlay Early Vintage

A striking black satin and tamboured tulle evening gown, circa 1893-4, labelled W Tebbs & Sons, Brighton  Kerry Taylor Auctions

A striking black satin and tamboured tulle evening gown, circa labelled W Tebbs & Sons, Brighton Kerry Taylor Auctions

Ballgown, 1780-85 France, Musée des Tissus de Lyon  This dress, also called “robe parée”, is a ball dress. The skirt is worn over a pannier which, early 1780, was less ample than the one used under the dress “à la française”. The decoration consists of appliqué painted flowers, gauze flounces and extremely refined embroideries. It exemplifies the dresses Rose Bertin, Marie-Antoinette’s dressmaker, used to create for the queen.

Ballgown, France, Musée des Tissus de Lyon This dress, also called “robe parée”, is a ball dress. The skirt is worn over a pannier .

Trained Cream Lace Tea Gown - One Piece, Handmade Battenburg Lace And Machine Made Valenciennes Lace Inserts, High Collar, Fuffled Lace Elbow Length Sleeves   c.1906  -  Augusta Auctions

Trained Cream Lace Tea Gown - One Piece, Handmade Battenburg Lace And Machine Made Valenciennes Lace Inserts, High Collar, Fuffled Lace Elbow Length Sleeves - Augusta Auctions

Worn by Harriet Lane, niece of President James Buchanan who acted as his First Lady for her bachelor Uncle. Fashion Exhibit Mint Museum RAND...

Gown worn by Harriet Lane, niece of President James Buchanan who acted as his First Lady for her bachelor Uncle. Via Fashion Exhibit at Mint Museum.

Martha Washington's gown, 1780s    Made of salmon pink faille, Mrs. Washington's dress features a handpainted pattern of flowers and insects. It was first displayed in the original First Ladies Hall, which opened in the Arts and Industries Building in 1914. On loan for many years, the dress became part of the permanent collections in 1929.

Martha Washington wore this silk taffeta gown in the early The silk is painted with a design of flowers, butterflies, and other insects. On display at the "First Ladies at the Smithsonian" Gallery.

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