She was born in
Nancy Reagan became First Lady of the
The Reagans retired to their home in Bel Air,
Another of Nancy Reagan's trademarks was her interest in fashion. While her husband was still president-elect, press reports speculated about
Nancy Reagan's wardrobe consisted of dresses, gowns, and suits made by luxury designers, including James Galanos, Bill Blass and Oscar de la Renta. Her white, hand-beaded, one shoulder Galanos 1981 inaugural gown was estimated to cost $10,000, while the overall price of her inaugural wardrobe was said to cost $25,000. She favored the color red, calling it "a picker-upper", and wore it accordingly. Her wardrobe included red so often that the fire-engine shade became known as "Reagan red". She employed two private hairdressers who would style her hair on a regular basis in the White House.