• What I would give, I thought, to have been present as Elizabeth Keckley measured Mary Lincoln for a new gown, to overhear their conversations on topics significant and ordinary, to observe the Lincoln White House from such an intimate perspective. From that moment, my interest in their remarkable friendship was captivated, and it never really waned.

    "Madison's Chiaverini finds inspiration in Mrs. Lincoln's dressmaker". Interview with Bobby Tanzilo, January 5, 2013.
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