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Barbara Bush's Inaugural Gown, 1989

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Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Gift of Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush wore this royal-blue gown with velvet bodice and asymmetrically draped silk satin skirt to the 1989 inaugural balls. The dress was designed by Arnold Scassi, who noted that Mrs. Bush was suddenly, “the most glamorous grandmother in the United States.”

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

 

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