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Book Signing with Kristen Hunter
In this issue of White House History Quarterly we highlight the fashions of the first ladies during the middle of the twentieth century. Eleanor Roosevelt, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, Betty Ford: each took a different approach, for different reasons. Their choices—from ready-to-wear to haute couture—reflect their times and what they saw as their role, as well as, of course, their personal taste.Please join the White House Historical Association as they host author Kristen Hunter at a free lunchtime signing.Kristen Hunter writes on "The Mamie Look: The Americanness of First Lady Mamie Eisenhower's Off-the-Rack Fashions." She observes that Mamie Eisenhower and Jacqueline Kennedy were "style icons heralded for their impeccable fashion, they differed in how they dressed for the role they shared. When Mrs. Eisenhower became first lady in 1953, she continued to dress as she had as a military wife—fashionably, yet sensibly. . . seeking out bargains and sales . . . . Jacqueline Kennedy, however, carefully planned her image as first lady beginning right after John F. Kennedy's election as president and soon named Oleg Cassini as her exclusive designer. While Mrs. Eisenhower epitomized the average American wife and mother with her recognizable and attainable clothing, Mrs. Kennedy embodied a new ideal and elite style that American women could aspire toward."
July 26, 2019
July 26, 2019
White House History Shop 1610 H Street NW Washington, District of Columbia 20006 United States
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