Over the course of America’s history, many First Ladies have made their mark on fashion and become trendsetters while others have faded into the past with little regard for their attire. All First Ladies have had to balance their attire between simple frugal garments and lavish gowns while adhering to the demands of styles dictated by contemporary culture. Some First Ladies have even used fashion to make political statements and boost both the garment and textile industries. Where does Edith Bolling Galt Wilson (r.1915-1921), the second wife of president, Woodrow Wilson and subject of this thesis, fit into this spectrum? As we shall see, Edith Wilson bridged the gap between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and embraced the modern era in both her mindset and fashion – her unique style impacted the wardrobes of her successors and altered the perceived notions of appropriate attire for women in the American political sphere.
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