First Ladies' Inaugural Gowns

First Ladies' Inaugural Gowns
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Happy Birthday, Barbara Bush! The former First Lady, who turns 89 today, served as FLOTUS from 1989 to 1993, where she became heavily involved with advancing literacy, eventually founding her own organization, The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, while in office.

Despite her straightforward, conservative wardrobe during the primaries, Mrs. Bush finally showed off her glamorous side at the 1989 inauguration with her royal blue Arnold Scaasi gown. The First Lady was so fond of the asymmetrically draped design that she was reluctant to make the customary donation to the Smithsonian Institution. "I love this dress," she told Time, "and I really hate to give it up."

From Barbara Bush to Michelle Obama, celebrate the former First Lady's birthday by looking back at her velvet-and-satin inaugural gown, as well as the rest of the First Ladies' inaugural dresses.

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