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First Lady Inaugural Gowns

As part of the 2015 Warren G. Harding Symposium, The Ohio State University at Marion is pleased to host an exhibition of replica first lady gowns in the Kuhn Fine Arts Gallery beginning with an opening reception Monday, June 15th from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The Modern First Ladies: Portraits in Contrast – the Exhibit has been designed by the National First Ladies Library in Canton, Ohio. The library’s collection is based on the famous Smithsonian Institution First Ladies exhibit. The exhibition features both full-size replicas normally housed in the National First Ladies Library as well as mini-gowns from the Evyan Perfume Company collection. The mini-gowns were created by fashion designer Ann Lowe who made Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress and bridesmaids’ gowns. The gowns and mini-gowns are displayed in the order of the presidential administrations. They include the dresses of: Florence Harding, Grace Coolidge, Lou Hoover, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, and Barbara Bush.