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Brief History of First Ladies and Their Hats, From Martha to Melania

Glamour Logo By Leah Bourne of Glamour | Slide 1 of 17: First Lady: 1789-1797Though the title wasn't coined until after her death, Martha Washington was, technically, the first First Lady, and she's most often depicted as a grandmother-type figure—an image reinforced by the mop caps she's wearing in much of the artwork of her. According to historians, Washington made an effort to not appear ostentatious in public, and promoted wearing American-made clothing—however, she reportedly ordered her iconic bonnets directly from London.

Martha Washington

First Lady: 1789-1797

Though the title wasn't coined until after her death, Martha Washington was, technically, the first First Lady, and she's most often depicted as a grandmother-type figure—an image reinforced by the mop caps she's wearing in much of the artwork of her. According to historians, Washington made an effort to not appear ostentatious in public, and promoted wearing American-made clothing—however, she reportedly ordered her iconic bonnets directly from London.

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