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Style and Influence: First Ladies’ Fashions
  • Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Wednesday, October 01, 2014
  • Time: 11:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

From the first days on a campaign trail to the final days living in the White House, the First Ladies of the United States have attracted attention in numerous ways. Both historic and modern First Ladies have harnessed the power of fashion to build identity and inform Americans. In conjunction with the exhibition “Making Their Mark,” the National Archives presents a distinguished panel to discuss and examine the fashions of America’s First Ladies through conversation and photos.

Moderated by Tim Gunn, star of Project Runway, panelists include Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology; Lisa Kathleen Graddy, Deputy Chair and Chief Curator of Political History and the First Ladies Collection, Smithsonian National Museum of American History; and Tracy Reese, a fashion designer who has designed for First Lady Michelle Obama.

Presented in partnership with the White House Historical Association.