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Inauguration Fashion Of Presidents Past

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Inauguration Fashion Of Presidents Past

On Friday,  Donald Trump was sworn in to public office as the President of the United States of America.

Since James Buchanan’s inauguration in 1857, the first on record to be photographed, there have been countless photo opportunities and captured moments from the swearing-in ceremonies to the many balls and events presidents attend over the course of an inauguration weekend.

The inauguration signifies the passing of power from one president to the next but style has been another facet of each inauguration since that first photo of James Buchanan in 1857.

Here’s some of the best historical photos of inaugural fashion, from giant gowns to flapper coats and everything in between.

  • Mary Todd Lincoln dressed for Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration on March 4, 1861

    4th May 1861: Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, dressed for his inauguration. (Photo by Library Of Congress/Getty Images)

    • President Calvin Coolidge and his wife, first lady Grace Coolidge leave the White House, Washington D.C. on March 4, 1925. The president holds the bible upon which he will take his inauguration oath.

      4th March 1925: President Calvin Coolidge (1872 – 1933) and his wife, First Lady Grace Coolidge (1879 – 1957), leave the White House, Washington D.C. The president holds the bible upon which he will take his inauguration oath. Mrs. Coolidge carries a bouquet of roses. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

       

    • Chief Justice Fred Vinson (L) autographing for Shirley Temple (R) at the Presidential Inauguration of Harry S. Truman on Jan. 20, 1949

      Chief Justice Fred Vinson (L) autographing for Shirley Temple (R) at the Presidental Inauguration of Harry S. Truman. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Images 

       

    • Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower attaching an orchid to her dress in preparation for the inaugural ceremonies for her husband on Jan. 20, 1953

      Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower attaching an orchid to her dress in preparation for the inaugural ceremonies for her husband. (Photo by Mark Kauffman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

       

    • Jacqueline Kennedy and her husband, newly elected President John F. Kennedy, on the day of his Inauguration on Jan. 20, 1961

      DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES – JANUARY 20: Jacqueline Kennedy and her husband, newly elected President John F. Kennedy, on the day of his Inauguration. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

       

    • Frank Sinatra escorting Jacqueline Kennedy to her box at a gala, held at the National Guard Armory in Washington DC, the night before the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 19, 1961

      Frank Sinatra escorting Jacqueline Kennedy to her box at a gala, held at the National Guard Armory in Washington DC, the night before the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, 19th January 1961. The gala was staged by Sinatra to help pay off the campaign debts of Kennedy and the Democratic Party. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)

       

       

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