D.C. Mondays: The Women Behind the Seams of Fashion at the White House

Photograph of John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy in their wedding attire standing in a field
Toni Frissell, John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy on their wedding day, 1953. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum PX81-32:65.


When the First Lady of the United States wears particular attire, it is a major achievement for the designer or fashion label. We recognize names like Michael Kors, Oscar De La Renta and Oleg Cassini, but many of the talented women who designed for first ladies in the 19th and 20th centuries are unknown today. Their timeless creations still inspire awe and interest. Explore the storied careers of eight women – the independent and lesser-known designers, seamstresses and groundbreaking couturiers – who influenced a century of fashion in the White House.

About Maegan Jenkins

Formally trained in fine art with an emphasis on fiber and textiles, Maegan Jenkins is currently a master’s candidate in the costume studies and library and information sciences dual degree program at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. She is a former graduate fellow at the White House Historical Association where she curated Glamour and Innovation: The Women Behind the Seams of Fashion at the White House.

How to Participate

This program will take place on Zoom. To participate, please register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining. Simply follow that link at the time the program starts (12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.

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