First Lady of Style

On Sunday, March 6, Nancy Reagan, the wife of the United States’ 40th President Ronald Reagan, died at the age of 94. During her eight years as First Lady, The New York Daily News credits Mrs. Reagan with bringing fashion to the White House.

Hollywood Life Editor Bonnie Fuller told The Daily News that the First Lady’s love of  fashion reinvented the standard of style for First Ladies to come. “She loved an elegant look. She set a new standard that hadn’t been there since Jackie Kennedy,” she said.

Fuller, who was the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and Glamour, said that Reagan “brought back entertaining and being very fashionable was part of her signature.”

Always one to promote American designers, Reagan asserted her place as a fashion icon with a James Galanos gown she wore to the Inaugural Ball in 1981.

Galanos was just one of her favorite designers, which included Oscar de la Renta, Arnold Scaasi and Adolfo.

While her White House style was refreshing, Fuller said that Reagan also did something a little bit different for an older woman.

“What I thought was wonderful about her was for an older woman she would bare her shoulders, and wear strapless gowns or gowns with one shoulder,” Fuller said.

“She wasn’t afraid of that, even as a woman in her 60s. That was a little radical at the time. A lot of women were afraid to do that. For the president’s wife to do that was a big deal.”



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