Kate Betts, author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style
"Why Style Matters: First Ladies and Their Impact on American Fashion"
Every first lady makes an impression, whether she means to or not. Some arrive at the White House already well versed in the sartorial requirements of the job—what Lady Bird Johnson referred to as the "harness of hairdo and gloves"—and embrace the style-setting authority of the role as Jacqueline Kennedy did in 1961. Others resent the expectation, failing to grasp why what makes them feel comfortable should be the public's business. This talk will look at how first ladies—from Dolley Madison to Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama—have affected American style and changed the way women in this country dress for work, for the public spotlight, and for themselves.
Piazzoni Murals Room
2:00 p.m. Book Signing
4:00 p.m. Lecture