Pat Nixon's Inaugural Gown, 1969

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

Gift of Mrs. Richard M. Nixon

Pat Nixon wore this mimosa silk satin gown to the 1969 inaugural balls. Designed by Karen Stark for Harvey Berin, it was embroidered in gold and silver and encrusted with Austrian crystals. At the ball held at the Smithsonian Institution, President Nixon announced, “I like all of Pat’s dresses, particularly this one tonight, and, … when she gets finished with it, you’ll get it at the Smithsonian.”

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

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