Anita Perry Gown On
Display At TWU
DENTON — Visitors
to Texas Woman's University now can rub shoulders with the state's
first lady Anita Perry, or rather with the blue-gold couture evening
gown she wore for her husband’s inauguration as governor.
Mrs. Perry’s dress
is the latest addition to a collection of 40 gowns housed at TWU
in Denton. Her gown is on display in the Texas Women's Hall of Fame,
located in TWU's Hubbard Hall. The Hall of Fame, which falls under
the umbrella of the Governor’s Commission for Women, was created
to honor the state’s most outstanding women, including former
first ladies, teachers, athletes and astronauts. Currently, 114
women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Admission to the Hall
of Fame and gowns collection is free. Both exhibits are open Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except during university holidays.
Special arrangements for groups wishing to visit the exhibits on
other days and times can be made through TWU’s Office of Conference
Services at (940) 898-3644.
Mrs. Perry’s gown
is a modified Rose Taft design worn Jan. 21, 2003 for Gov. Rick
Perry’s inauguration. The silk dress has an overlay of blue-gold
netting, along with embellishments of lace and beading, on the bodice
Other dresses in TWU’s
collection are located in the Administration Conference Tower, including
the gowns of former U.S. first ladies Mamie Eisenhower, Claudia
“Lady Bird” Johnson and Barbara Bush. TWU’s gowns
collection began in 1940 as a statewide project for the Texas Society
of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
For Further Information
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456