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OpenS August 1st at the Nixon Library

 

“Why They Wore it” Special Exhibit

The fashion favorites and sartorial specialties of our First Ladies have only been examined for their dazzling looks and designer courtier. But rarely have a First Lady’s tastes and styles been appreciated within a fuller —and deeper— political and popular culture context.

Nearly two-dozen fashion favorites and sartorial specialties of our First Ladies are coming to Yorba Linda. This beautiful exhibit will feature actual and exact replica dresses designed to appear as if they are walking down a runway.

It will break new ground by examining how each First Lady used her favorite styles to advance her own — and her husband’s — agenda, by embracing special causes and promoting political positions, with a significant emphasis on Pat Nixon.

This exhibit is curated by First Ladies expert and historian Carl Sferrazza Anthony.

 

“Why They Wore It” Luncheon Series

PLUS! The hottest social outing this summer!

The Nixon Library is hosting an exciting seven-part speaker and luncheon series, featuring six knowledgeable titans of the fashion industry, including those who designed gowns for First Ladies, and those who wrote about, critically reviewed and drew attention to them.

Each luncheon menu will include courses that First Ladies served to her White House guests.

Each lecture will open with a new, short film that reviews that reviews the styles of the First Ladies under discussion, set to popular music of the time period.


SERIES SCHEDULE AND PRICING:

 

Carl Anthony

Wednesday, August 1st

11 AM lecture
12 Noon luncheon
1 PM book signing

Considered the nation’s expert on the political and social power of presidential wives and families, in this introduction to the series covering Martha Washington to Mamie Eisenhower, Mr. Anthony will talk why First Ladies wore what they did, and the political and cultural consequences of those choices.

REGISTER HERE


Pamela Keogh

Wednesday. August 8th

11 AM lecture
12 Noon luncheon
1 PM book signing

A noted journalist and former editor of Us Magazine, British Vogue, Self Magazine & the NY Times Style Section, Mrs. Koegh is the author of Jackie Style, and will discuss the iconic fashion trends of Jacqueline Kennedy and Nancy Reagan.

REGISTER HERE


Victor Costa

Wednesday. August 15th

11 AM lecture
12 Noon luncheon

Considered a trendsetter and legend in his own right, Mr. Costa designed elegant ball gowns for Rosalynn Carter and Lady Bird Johnson. He will talk their favorite tastes — and show off some of his new styles on stage.

REGISTER HERE


Michael Faircloth

Wednesday, August 22nd

11 AM lecture
12 Noon luncheon

Michael Faircloth has developed a worldwide clientele for custom garment design and has become a leader in the arts and fashion community. Mr. Faircloth will discuss his work with Laura Bush and other members of this presidential family.

REGISTER HERE


Kate Betts

Tuesday, August 28th

11 AM lecture
12 Noon luncheon
1 PM book signing

An award-winning magazine editor and bestselling author who has held top positions at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, Mrs. Betts is the author of Michelle Obama and the Power of Style, which she will discuss along with her fashion observations about the current First Lady Melania Trump.

REGISTER HERE


Molly Sorkin

Wednesday, September 5th

11 AM lecture
12 Noon luncheon
1 PM book signing

Molly Sorkin is a fashion historian who co-curated the exhibitions Oscar de la Renta: American Icon (2013) at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style (2014) at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. She contributed an essay to the book Oscar de la Renta, which accompanied the exhibition, Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective (2016) at the de Young Museum, San Francisco.
REGISTER HERE


Carl Anthony

Wednesday, September 12th

11 AM lecture
12 Noon luncheon
1 PM book signing

Mr. Anthony will present a lecture focused on First Lady Pat Nixon, who unintentionally had the most overt impact of any First Lady on the nexus of politics and popular culture, and Betty Ford’s role in also shaping Seventies styles.

REGISTER HERE


Series Package

Attend all seven lectures/luncheons for: $350 (Members: $300)

Individual Tickets

Lecture/luncheon combo: $75 (Members: $65)

 

For discounted, special group rates, call Michael Young at (714) 701-6823.

*There will be assigned seating. Tickets purchased together will be sat together. If you have friends attending and want to sit with them, please let us know on the ticket order form.

 

Each ticket includes:
  • Admission for one to a lecture and luncheon in the magnificent White House East Room
  • Admission for one to the New Nixon Library and Museum
  • Admission for one to the new special exhibit Why They Wore It
  • Admission for one to the new special exhibit Vote Like Your World Depended On It: The Story of the 1968 Election