Remembering First Lady Nancy Reagan’s Iconic Style

Former first lady Nancy Reagan is being remembered in the fashion community for her iconic style and influence in the White House.

Reagan died Sunday at age 94 in Los Angeles.  She was first lady from 1981 to 1989 when her husband, President Ronald Reagan, held office.

Nancy Reagan was well-known for championing iconic American labels, such as Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass, and bringing a real elegance and sophistication to the role as first lady with her designer wardrobe. She was also recognized for wearing red, which was dubbed “Reagan Red” while she was in the White House.

While her fashion often was criticized at the time, Reagan’s influence has been lasting, with many first ladies following her footsteps by opting for U.S. designers and timeless, fashionable looks for the position.

She did so much to raise the profile of first lady and American fashion that she received a CFDA lifetime achievement award in 1989.

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Oscar de la Renta and Nancy Reagan in 2010.
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On social media, Valentino Garavani and the Oscar de la Renta brand remembered the first lady for her fashion contributions.

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Reagan was an actress during the Golden Era of Hollywood when she met her future husband, Ronald Reagan. They married in 1952 and remained so until her husband died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2004.

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First lady Nancy Reagan in a James Galanos gown at President Ronald Reagan’s 1981 inaugural ball.
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President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan at a White House state dinner in the 1980s.
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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan in 1984.
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