Gift of Nancy Reagan

"Iconic to Ironic: Fashioning California Identity," OMCA Great Hall, March 15 - September 21, 2003

This collection of eight garments, worn by Nancy Reagan, when she was First Lady of California and First Lady of the United States, illustrates fashionable stylistic changes in the work of California designer, James Galanos. This evening dress is two seperate pieces. A: The bodice is made of red silk chiffon that is completely beaded with red sequins and red glass beads. The bodice opens in the back with a zipper. The blouson style bodice has elastic at the waist and long sleeves that open from the inner wrist to the elbow with a zipper. The jewel neckline has a beaded pattern that is repeated on the sleeves. The bodice is fully lined with red silk chiffon. B: The floor length skirt is made of red silk, fitted with fullness from about the knee to the hem, fully lined with red satin. The skirt opens at center back with a zipper and has two hooks and eyes at the waistband. There is a white tag with black stitched lettering that reads "FRONT" sewn onto the waistband.

Used: Nancy Reagan | California | First Lady ~ United States of America | Adult | Female | Evening

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