Mamie Eisenhower's Inaugural Gown, 1953

Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
March 9, 2016
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Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Gift of Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Mamie Eisenhower wore a pink peau de soie gown embroidered with more than 2,000 rhinestones to the 1953 inaugural balls. The dress was designed by Nettie Rosenstein.  Despite urgings to release details of the dress, Mrs. Eisenhower waited until the week before inauguration to reveal descriptions of her sparkling pink gown, along with formal photographs, for the newspapers.

Photo credit: Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

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