Bush twins dress to weather publicity

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"I know what its like to be the son of a president," the Texas governor said. "But I dont know what its like to be the son of a president at 18 years old. Im worried about that point."

The Bushes were careful not to use their daughters for publicity during the campaign to protect their privacy, Mrs. Bush said in a joint television interview with her husband that aired Sunday night on NBC's "Dateline. She said she hopes the media will steer clear, she added, granting the Bush daughters the same courtesy afforded to Chelsea Clinton.

"Our girls are not public figures. They're the children of a president," Mrs. Bush said. "There will be the hope that they'll have the opportunity to have privacy. That's what they want, and we want that for them."

Having a grandfather who was president has made Jenna and Barbara "pretty savvy," Mrs. Bush said.

What is on record is this:

Barbara, named after her popular grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, is said to be more like her reserved mother, a former school teacher and librarian. Barbara was voted homecoming queen and "most likely to appear in Vogue magazine" by classmates at a public high school in Austin, Texas. She attends her father's alma mater, Yale University.

Jenna, named after Laura Bush's mother, is more outgoing. Her senior class voted her "most likely to trip at the prom." (She didn't.) She attends the University of Texas, where her mother earned an undergraduate degree.

The twins don't look much like each other, and dressing them the same for inaugural events was not a possibility, Mrs. Rose says.

"They both want to stand out a little, to do something quirky and fun and not be too serious," Mrs. Rose says in an interview Friday from her studio in lower Manhattan. "They look and act very, very differently, but their sense of style is not all that different from one another.

"Neither one wants to take themselves too seriously, which is a very refreshing outlook," says the designer, a longtime Bush family friend.

Mrs. Rose, who once worked for designer Richard Tyler, a favorite in Hollywood, adopted a similar attitude in the face of the publicity onslaught surrounding her role.

"I just don't know what to expect, but then again, I live my life that way," she says, revealing a hint of a Texas drawl.

For now, Mrs. Rose's company is small and her office "fun" and "relaxed."

Central to her designs, which she describes as "whimsical," are her selection of lush fabrics. They signal quality, with a hefty price tag. Available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, her suits go for about $1,200.

The outfits to be worn by the Bush daughters who are fairly tall and slim and easy to design for, Mrs. Rose says are "young and modern and sophisticated."

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