“Photograph of Betty Ford, Frankie Welch, the designer of the gown being donated, and S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, with the gown Betty Ford is donating in the First Ladies Hall at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of History and Technology on 6/24/1976."
This sequined chiffon gown embroidered in a chrysanthemum pattern was her State Dinner Dress in 1975.
Courtesy of the Gerald R. Ford Library. National Archives Identifier: 7347186
Fascinated by First Ladies’ Fashion? Don’t miss the First Ladies’ Fashions panel moderated by Tim Gunn, star of Project Runway on Wednesday September 30th at the National Archives!