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Florence Kling Harding's gown and wrap, 1920sFlorence Kling Harding's gown and wrap, 1920s

Evoking the flapper era, this iridescent dress, made of tulle adorned with pearlized sequins and gold beads, was worn by Mrs. Harding during her husband's administration (1921-23). Long in the possession of Mrs. Harding's granddaughter, the costume was donated to the Smithsonian in 1966.

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