The Miss America pageant has been a major part of American culture since its inception in 1221. Although the organization recently celebrated its 100th birthday, much has changed over the years. The event is now marked as “competition” with “candidates” and there is no longer a swimsuit part here. Nowadays, the brand is looking for more than just beauty – Miss America 2020, Camille Schreier, won the competition by running a science test as her talent. As competition develops, so does clothing. Click on this gallery to see some of the most stunning Miss America outfits of the last 100 years.
The Miss America Evening Gown contest has been iconic since the first contest. Margaret Gorman evidence from the look of Washington DC: She wore a drop waist embroidered gown and it was topped with an American flag shawl.
1922 to 1923
In 1922, Mary Campbell from Ohio was the first Miss America to donate a royal dress, crown and scepter. He was the only person in the history of the competition to be crowned twice – in 19222 and 1826.
Ruth Malcolmson represented her state of Pennsylvania in a swimsuit and fur-trimmed coat, and received the cherished Golden Mermaid Trophy that same year.
Fa Lanfire, California, was crowned Miss America in 1925. The beauty queen is seen on stage here with her co-contestants.
Norma Smallwood from Oklahoma added some flavor to her velvet rose sash in her ’20-style gown.
Louis Delander of Illinois looked glamorous in a silver beaded fringe dress for the 172 Miss America pageant.
Margaret Ekdahl from Tampa, Florida, wore a sequined unitard after her Miss America crown in 130. He was a long time ahead to look before wearing a body suit.
When Marion Bergern of Connecticut won Miss America, she was dressed appropriately for a queen. Puff sleeves and Renaissance design given off the main Romeo and Juliet Vibration
Henrietta Liver of Pittsburgh wore a formal dress and crown over her gold lam evening gown when she was crowned Miss America in 1935.
Rose Veronica Coyle of Philadelphia picked up the title in 1936 after wearing a black velvet gown for the occasion.
The black velvet was huge in the 30s. Betty Cooper’s outfit from Miss New Jersey to Miss America matched the outfit she won.
Marilyn Messek has proven that accessories are a girl’s best friend when she combines her winning stick, crown and cloak with this smooth-silk look.
Miss America in 1939, Pat Donnelly, was seen here modeling a tulle black evening gown with a tiered skirt. Her perfectly curled up-du only adds a polished look.
Rosemary La Planche from California charmed the crowd in a dark bathing suit and huge curls in the 1941 competition.
Yolande Betbeze of Alabama looked perfect by the pool in a white, lace-trimmed swimsuit. She’s hard to miss the shiny trophy and matching sash.
Colin Hutchins from Utah in the center is pictured next to the runners-up after his win. Her white off-the-shoulder gown is perfect for brides.
A full-length gown with details of Evelyn Eye embroidery from Pennsylvania just looked stunning.
Lee Mariweather of California wore a royal evening gown to match her crown for her Miss America portrait. Pleasant details and sweetheart necklines brought the perfect amount of glamor to the competition.
Marianne McNight was South Carolina’s first Miss America winner. He wore a tulle-filled dress in front of the Empire State Building.
Linda Mead from Mississippi smiles for the camera in her white strapless gown – a design that was rather risky for the time being.
Jacqueline Mayer of Ohio, left, defines the royalty of the competition in her floral embroidered gown. Everything about the decor – from her satin sash to her elegant white gloves – looks straight like a Disney movie.
Kathleen Knight of Colorado held on to one last fitting before the competition. This whole look is pure retro perfection.
Donna Axam of Arkansas, left, swings a beaded gown as she prepares to hand over her title to next year’s winner, Vanda Van Dyke.
Former Miss America, Vanda K. Van Dyke (1965) and Bess Myerson (1945) posed after embroidered evening gowns while competing in the 1966 Miss America pageant.
Jane Ann Zero from Oklahoma wore a powder blue dress with a crystal bodice when she was crowned Miss America in 1967.
In the late sixties, the winner, Debra Burns, made her mark on the runway in 1968 in this short sleeve lacey dress.
Nicki Peck, Miss Indiana, competed for the 1968 Miss America pageant wearing a white batau beaded evening gown that is now as timeless as ever.
In 1970, Pamela Eldred wore an evening gown with a crown and a simple skirt.
Kathy Hoop from Montana was barred from participating in the Miss America pageant in 1970 due to political views and opposition to the Vietnam War. Hoop’s adventure makes her even more beautiful in the evening gown of the Miss Montana contest.
Laurie Leah Schaefer surprised the judges with this shiny pale blue gown.
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