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The Daily Beast: Best-Dressed First Ladies

Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln always had the heart of a fashionista—even if she was a little out of touch. She wore dresses made of fine European silks at a time when Civil War ravaged the nation. For the first time, the press scrutinized her wardrobe, deriding her as a "vain" woman in "absurd costumes. And Lincoln took note of her place in the spotlight, admitting, "people scrutinize every article that I wear with critical curiosity."

(Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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