Lizzie, our cohort in vintage fashion blogdom, gave us a shout out on her wonderful ( and top rated) blog, The Vintage Traveler the other day. She mentioned that we had not yet covered Laura Bush's inaugural gowns. Well, let’s have at it shall we?
First up is the 2001 red lace Michael Faircloth gown. This is the most flattering photo I could find. The straight on shots, not so good. This didn’t go over very well. It’s not awful - it’s not even bad. The color is good. A very popular color amongst political women, that red. But frankly, it’s a bit matronly. I understand the desire to cover up - it’s January, it’s a formal state event, she‘s modest woman. But all this is really a basically boring sheath dress in red lace with a bit of hem flounce. B.
That said, all the fashion designers and writers go on about how the First Lady has a duty to support the American Fashion Industry. But as soon as one picks a designer that isn’t a Major Name, they have a cow. Look, American fashion exists in more places than NY and California. I give kudos to both Laura Bush and Hilary Clinton for choosing designers from out of the mainstream for their first gowns.