Inaugural Gowns of Virginia’s First Ladies- Oct 18, 2010
This exhibition includes nine gowns worn by Virginia First Ladies to the inaugural balls and receptions held to honor the new governor. These evening dresses present a glimpse into the personal style of each woman and the fashion of the time. Fashion in the state Capitol has followed the major trends of the 20th century. The Virginia First Lady gowns were purchased at local dress shops or department stores, and one was designed by a prominent New York fashion designer.