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From the National Archives:

Miss Liberty at Cotton Show Week, 1914

Untitled, 10/06/1914
From the series: Berryman Political Cartoon Collection, 1896 - 1949

Cartoonist Clifford Berryman helps celebrate Cotton Show Week patriotic fashion with this cartoon which appeared in the Washington Evening Star on October 6, 1914 . His caricature, Miss Liberty, stacks bolts of cotton; in the background other cotton items are hanging. With the war raging in Europe, the need for cotton grew rapidly, a boon to American cotton growers and manufacturers. 
(Looks like Miss Liberty is just a week late for DC Fashion Week.)

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From the National Archives:

Miss Liberty at Cotton Show Week, 1914

Untitled, 10/06/1914

From the series: Berryman Political Cartoon Collection, 1896 - 1949

Cartoonist Clifford Berryman helps celebrate Cotton Show Week patriotic fashion with this cartoon which appeared in the Washington Evening Star on October 6, 1914 . His caricature, Miss Liberty, stacks bolts of cotton; in the background other cotton items are hanging. With the war raging in Europe, the need for cotton grew rapidly, a boon to American cotton growers and manufacturers. 

(Looks like Miss Liberty is just a week late for DC Fashion Week.)

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From Smithsonian Magazine:

Do you recognize this gown? 

First Lady Michelle Obama’s second inaugural gown is now on display at the National Museum of American History  

The ruby-colored chiffon gown designed by Jason Wu is on loan from the White House and will replace the First Lady’s first inaugural gown on display for a year. This special loan coincides with the centennial of the original first ladies exhibition at the Smithsonian. 

Enjoy more First Lady’s gowns here: http://americanhistory.si.edu/firstladies-interactive/the-fashionable-first-lady-text.html

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Bullet Proof Coat
This beige coat worn by President Gerald R. Ford was designed not only to keep him warm and dry but also to protect his life.This coat came with a bullet-proof vest liner along with more standard features like the six front buttons, adjustable sleeve cuffs, and pockets accessible from the inside. The zip-up bullet-proof vest is made of Kevlar and is covered with cloth identical in color to the coat. Together both pieces weigh 6 lbs., 15 oz.A label sewn onto the front of the vest provides cleaning instructions and gives an issue date of October 1975, the month after President Ford survived two assassination attempts during separate trips to California.
-from the Ford Library

President Gerald Ford escaped the first of two assassinations attempts within a month on September 5, 1975, when Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme’s gun failed to fire during the president’s trip to Sacramento.

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From the National Archives:

ourpresidents:

Bullet Proof Coat

This beige coat worn by President Gerald R. Ford was designed not only to keep him warm and dry but also to protect his life.

This coat came with a bullet-proof vest liner along with more standard features like the six front buttons, adjustable sleeve cuffs, and pockets accessible from the inside. The zip-up bullet-proof vest is made of Kevlar and is covered with cloth identical in color to the coat. Together both pieces weigh 6 lbs., 15 oz.

A label sewn onto the front of the vest provides cleaning instructions and gives an issue date of October 1975, the month after President Ford survived two assassination attempts during separate trips to California.

-from the Ford Library

President Gerald Ford escaped the first of two assassinations attempts within a month on September 5, 1975, when Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme’s gun failed to fire during the president’s trip to Sacramento.

Image description: This photo from around 1956 shows models posing in a showroom at the Alix factory in Miami, Florida.
Photo from the State Archives of Florida

Image description: This photo from around 1956 shows models posing in a showroom at the Alix factory in Miami, Florida.

Photo from the State Archives of Florida