As glad as we are that Hillary Clinton is looking forward to taking some time off next year to, as she says, “get untired”, we’re sure going to miss her scrunchie-loving, makeup-eschewing, pantsuit-wearing ways.
Which is why we’re so excited that Sarah Phillips, the designer of the gown that Clinton wore to her first inaugural ball in 1993, is relaunching her line at the beginning of next year! Almost twenty years ago, our then-First Lady selected one of Phillips’ designs after coming across her work in a boutique in Little Rock, Arkansas. After Clinton wore one of her suits to her husband’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Phillips submitted a sketch for the ball, never imagining hers would be the one chosen above all of the better-known designers’ offerings. And yet, sure enough, Clinton fell in love with the shimmering violet lace-and-mousseline dress and Phillips became an overnight sensation. But press does not always equal funding, and the designer bemoaned her struggle to find a backer in the Los Angeles Times shortly thereafter, telling the paper that “we’re such a small business that without capital we just can’t go forward.”
Now, however, Phillips has clearly found herself on more stable ground, since she is relaunching her line to private clients and online early next year (the website is coming soon), and has released a lookbook for the holiday season filled with dramatic, sculptural separates.
Here’s a look at Clinton’s dress and Phillips’ new wares:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.