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See dazzling first lady fashions through the years

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This undated painting by Schapel shows Abraham Lincoln with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, and their two sons, Robert Todd and Thomas Lincoln. Mrs. Lincoln considered selling manure from the White House grounds to pay the bills that she ran up for clothes and household items.


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This 1895 photo shows Edith Kermit Roosevelt wearing a turn-of-the-century dress of black re-embroidered lace over taffeta. Edith Kermit Carow married Theodore Roosevelt in December, 1886 and served as first lady from 1901 to 1909. Mrs. Roosevelt would wear the same dress to multiple events, but sometimes vary the descriptions in her press releases to make it seem as if she had more clothes than she did, according to historian Carl Anthony.


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First lady Jacqueline Kennedy tours the Palace of the Maharajah in Udaipur, India, wearing an apricot silk ziberline dress by Oleg Cassini, on March 17, 1962.


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This Jan. 18, 1965, photo shows Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, as they acknowledge a salute from cheering Democrats at the inaugural gala in Washington. First lady Lady Bird Johnson wears a white peau de soie gown. Mrs. Johnson wore the same gown three more times over the next two years, according to the National Archives.


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This photo shows former first lady Betty Ford getting outfitted with a spring wardrobe by Seventh Avenue designer Albert Capraro in New York on Feb. 4, 1981. She is wearing a cranberry tweed wool jacket with a silk blouse and flat wool skirt. Mrs. Ford purchased clothing from Capraro to minimize the costs of her wardrobe.

Dave Pickoff/AP

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This Jan. 10, 1989, file photo shows fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, left, and journalist Barbara Walters, right, posing with first lady Nancy Reagan at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where the first lady was awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to fashion. Mrs. Reagan was criticized by some for wearing borrowed designer clothes, sometimes without returning them or reporting them as gifts.

Ed Bailey/AP

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This Jan. 20, 1993 photo shows first lady Hillary Clinton with daughter Chelsea as they attend the MTV Ball at the Washington Convention Center. Mrs. Clinton’s gown was designed by New Yorker Sarah Phillips, who estimated its value at $50,000.

Greg Gibson/AP

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This two-picture combo shows first lady Barbara Bush on Dec. 3, 2006 . Mrs. Bush wrote in her memoir that she quickly changed clothes that night after three women arrived for a White House reception wearing the same red gown as hers.


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This March 9, 2010 photo shows first lady Michelle Obama standing next to the gown she wore to the 2009 inaugural ball, as she donates it to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington. The one-shouldered, white chiffon gown designed by Jason Wu is becoming part of the Smithsonian's First Ladies Collection.

J. Scott Applewhite/AP

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A dress designed by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan for first lady Michelle Obama, which she wore to the 2012 White House Governors Dinner. The dress is now on display at the Smithsonian.


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In this Jan. 21, 2013, photo, U.S. President Barack Obama bows as he and first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a ruby-colored chiffon and velvet Jason Wu gown, get ready to dance at the Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center during the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

Charles Dharapak/AP

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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the North Portico of the White House in Washington on Feb. 11, 2014.

Evan Vucci/AP

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This May 5, 2014 photo shows first lady Michelle Obama arriving at Metropolitan Museum of Art for a dedication ceremony for the Anna Wintour Costume Center in New York.

Bebeto Matthews/AP

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This two-picture combo shows a model walking the runway during the Marchesa Fall 2013 fashion show at Fashion Week in New York, Feb. 13, 2013, left, and first lady Michelle Obama waving as she arrives at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, May 2, 2014. Her gown was a custom version of the runway dress.


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This photo shows first lady Michelle Obama waving as she leaves the crafts area of the annual Mother’s Day tea to honour military mothers at White House on May 12, 2014. Even first ladies recycle their clothes, and Michelle Obama recently welcomed military moms to a Mother’s Day Tea wearing the same shirtdress she’d worn to lunch with Katy Perry in 2012.


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