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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Nancy Reagan - A First Lady's Style - Introduction

The exhibit entitled Nancy Reagan - A First Lady's Style is open through November 10, 2008 at the Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California. The exhibit illustrates the many important roles that the former First Lady played in the White House by exhibiting over 80 of her dresses, suits, and gowns. The dresses in the exhibit span over 50 years, beginning with her wedding dress in 1952 and ending with the skirt suit she wore to President Reagan's funeral in 2004. The exhibit displays the designs of Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Valentino, James Galanos, Carolina Herrera, Adolfo, Yves St. Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Jean Louis, and Chanel.

As First Lady of California from 1967 through 1975, Nancy Reagan embraced her duties with grace. In 1968, the Los Angeles Times named her "Woman of the Year." She was named to the International Best Dressed List, and was eventually elevated to its Hall of Fame.

"As our First Lady, Nancy Reagan always promoted American fashion. Whether wearing James Galanos, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Carolina Herrera, or her daily Adolfo suits, she put American fashion on an international level. Nancy Reagan will always be a symbol of American elegance and style and a significant contributor to American fashion." - Diane von Furstenburg, President, CFDA, 2007

*Please note that the above information was gathered from museum literature and displays.

**For those of you who plan on visiting the mueum, the gift shop has a wonderful book on Nancy Reagan's style. It contains photos of outfits on display in the exhibit and much more information detailing the life and style of the former First Lady. The hardcover version is $49.95 and the paperback version is $29.95. It would make a great gift for any stylewatcher or fan of Nancy Reagan.