a lovely person and was a delight to work with. This was for Frank
Keating's second inauguration after being re-elected governor of Oklahoma.
The Keatings decided to have several balls through the state, and she wore this
dress to the Ponca City inauguration. It couldn't have been more perfect,
as I was raised less than 30 miles from Ponca and many of my home-town family
and friends would be attending. The small-town girl made good, and Cathy
particularly loved that she could keep this classic gown. Normally the
first ladies of Oklahoma donate their inaugural gowns to the state historical
society, but Cathy got to keep this one. The silk black velvet does not
photograph well, however the jacket had long slits on the side with this
wonderfully silk liquid scarlet charmeuse lining. This is classic,
however the more streamlined the design, the harder the fabric is to work with, as the jacket had to
"flow" and absolutely no puckering. I eventually put the lining in by
hand, as this is the only sure way to keep it from puckering. Cathy
has such a fabulous figure, that fitting her was dreamy - it was how the silk
velvet and silk charmeuse hung that was the trick.
Under the jacket is a strapless gown that fitted her beautifully. It
dipped slightly in front with an inverted sweetheart neckline. The whole
look worked beautifully and hopefully Cathy is still wearing it today in
Washington, D. C.
See more of Cathy's gown here