Jan 14, 2009

A First Lady A Day: Nancy

Well. Certainly a gal who loved her clothes. She generally dressed well for her figure, although more Hollywood than most First Ladies or political figures’ wives, that is for sure. She did love her red and her white.

That said - let’s do The Dresses.
Okay, she went for the white beaded column look both times. Both dresses are by James Galanos. She didn’t pay for the first one - it was a ‘loaner’ and Galanos donated it to the Smithsonian. The second time, she took a lot of grief for the cost of the wardrobe. Which is issue number one with the gown. How much it cost should not become a political issue. There she did not choose well.

from http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/photographs/Inaugural.html

1981 - Lovely dress, but she is simply not rocking the one shoulder look. And the hair - I didn’t think this was Nancy Reagan at first. Really I didn’t. When she posed for Vogue in this gown in the Red Room, she wore white opera gloves and had her signature bouffant hairstyle, and I hate to say it because I am not a fan of that type hairdo, but the balance was better and the gloves helped a lot. But here - the bare arms, and the hair look unpolished. B.

from : http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/photographs/Inaugural.html

1985 - Okay - Fabulous Dress for the occasion, appropriate for her age and body type. The quality of beading is superb , the long line is good and she covered up her arms. And she can wear white well. A+ less a half grade for the bad publicity A-.


Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

I like Nancy's look with her hair pulled back. You're right, I didn't recognize her either. The first hairdo would have looked great with the second dress!

Past Perfect Vintage Clothing said...

You just may have it - I like the softer hair, just not with this gown.