Archive for Saturday, January 6, 2001

Mrs. Bush unveils inaugural gown

January 6, 2001


— Laura Bush will be the Lady in Red at the inaugural balls Jan. 20.

She chose a red-scoopneck, embroidered Chantilly-lace gown by Dallas-based designer Michael Faircloth, according to Women's Wear Daily.

A sketch of the column dress, which will take three women 100 hours to complete, was unveiled in Thursday's edition of the fashion-industry newspaper.

Faircloth, who has a studio at the upscale Dallas boutique Lilly Dodson, designs nearly all of Bush's daytime and social occasion clothes. He met Bush in 1993 just before her husband became Texas governor.

It took just moments for Bush to choose the inaugural gown.

"I know Laura and her taste really well," the 41-year-old designer told Women's Wear. "It's all about classics and interpreting them for her style. She's an extremely intelligent woman with lots of self-confidence, and she knows what works for her."

Faircloth also designed a peacock-colored wool boucle suit with brown stitching and a blue overcoat trimmed with camel hair for Bush to wear at the swearing-in ceremony, the newspaper said.

He plans to hand-deliver the inaugural wardrobe to the Bush family ranch in Crawford, Tex., before Bush leaves for Washington.

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