Everyone else has waxed eloquent about the inauguration and I have cried my fill. And laughed good and hard at Rev. Lowery. When the serious work was done, however, I was waiting anxiously to see Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown. It might surprise those who know me – a real Frumperina –to find that I am an aficionado of inaugural ball gowns. (I love the word gown. I especially love old movies that have a credit for ‘gowns’ instead of costumes. I know I’ll be pleased with that movie.) When I was about 9, my best friend had a set of inaugural ball gown paper dolls from the Smithsonian. The budding history nerd in me crossed brain circuits briefly with the little girl princess in all of us and swooned. We played with them for hours, defended our favorites, drew new (highly derivative) designs for the dolls. So, I was really thrilled to see the New York Times with an online slide show quiz on inaugural ball gowns. What a rip! It only had recent gowns, and my knowledge ended with Jackie Kennedy. Where were Dolly Madison, Sarah Polk, and Mary Todd Lincoln? Those were rockin’ gowns. Sadly, the only Mrs. Polk image I found:
Fortunately, I did come to eventually come to see that there was no relationship with drop- dead glamour in the First Lady’s gown and a successful/competent administration, however. (James K. Polk?)
My other gripe about the inauguration – where were the hand knits? The president himself used the key words – icy, storms, depth of winter. That means it’s time for knitted warmth.
Oh, there were hand knits in the crowd; check out Gale being represented. I saw none among the bigwigs, however. This is a time of national crisis, we need to turn to our crafts, warm our friends, use our stash! Don’t those little girls have someone who could knit them adorable hats to go with the J.Crew coats? Why wasn’t Obama wearing Jean‘s scarf? Merete thinks I should have made him socks. (News flash, I went to check the link and I have WON yarn from her! Pictures to follow.)
The Queen of Soul, however, looked warmly dressed, and no hand-knit could compete with that crown!