From the velvet frocks of Mary Todd Lincoln to John F. Kennedy’s formal tails and Michelle Obama’s silk chiffon, a look at sartorial choices of the presidents and their first ladies on the special day.
Early inauguration celebrations were intimate affairs, though the number of parties associated with the event and their formality have varied over the years and cultural climate. Mary Todd Lincoln was known for her grand style and extravagant taste. Shown here is a replica of the purple velvet gown by Elizabeth Keckley that Lincoln wore in 1864. Lincoln was one of the original first ladies to be heavily criticized for her spending habits and opulent taste. Oggiano-Frederick Buy Photo