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    • Pat Mallette

      Hillary Clinton wore this violet beaded lace sheath gown with iridescent blue velvet silk mousseline overskirt to the 1993 inaugural balls. The dress was designed by Sarah Phillips and made by Barbara Matera Ltd., a New York theatrical costume maker.

    • yvonne bosgra

      (GEPLAATST DA)MG37b-800.jpg (600×800)Hillary Clinton’s Inaugural Gown, 1993

    • Lisa Adkins

      - Hillary Clinton | National Museum of American History

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      Hillary Clinton’s inaugural gown (back)

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      Hillary Clinton’s gown (back)

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