Ah. Serendipity. Look what I found while I was searching for something else.
I was searching for Inaugural dresses, prepping for a blog post on First Ladies' style and how it has held up. I will post that later.
And what did I see?
Babe Paley in 1953 at the Eisenhower Inaugural Ball. OMG. Is that a Charles James?? It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter what color it was. It doesn't matter what the bottom of the dress looks like. It doesn't matter what year it was.
That IS Fabulous.
Try to top that, ladies of 2009.