Maybe it’s just because I love shopping, or maybe it’s because I always thought Rhoda Morgenstern was really cool — either way, I’ve always had a sincere appreciation for the art of window dressing. Right now I’m loving the windows at By George in Austin featuring the work of artist Mark Gagnon. Designed by Justin Hancock, the windows feature Gagnon’s whimsical take on wives of American presidents. Between the South Congress location and the flagship store on Lamar, each of the 46 First Ladies can be spotted! While I wouldn’t quite call them caricatures, there’s a definite humor to Gagnon’s series of portraits painted with house paint on foam core board. I had fun picking out my favorites and seeing which ones I could recognize while taking these photos. I’m fairly non-partisan when it comes to my favorite First Ladies… Of course I love Jacqueline for her incredible style, but I also have a real soft spot for a certain chain-smoking librarian from Texas. Who’s your favorite FLOTUS?
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