Happy Birthday Mr. Givenchy

One of the last great masters of couture was born on this date, February 21, 1927.

Hubert de Givenchy was only 17 when he moved to Paris, France to begin his superstar fashion career.

He would later say, "It was always my dream to be a dress designer."

Read more about Givenchy in our Designer To The Stars Page


1950's Givenchy Fashion Illustration for B. Altman
1950's Givenchy for B. Altman

Fifties' TV Moms in Shirtwaist Dresses

Reflecting a stereotypical view of 1950's American women, the early days of television depicted TV moms wearing shirtwaist dresses, heels, and aprons while attending to their home and families. These women typified American values and culture in the 1950's.

1959 Frigidaire Refrigerator Ad Typical Fifties' Mom in Shirtwaist Dress
1959 Frigidaire Refrigerator Ad
Typical Fifties' Mom in Shirtwaist Dress
Their "day" dresses were usually a buttoned down the front and full skirted dress known as either a shirtwaist dress or simply a shirtdress. This popular style was derived from men's shirts and reached their peak of popularity in the 1950's.

As evidenced in photographs of the most popular fifties' TV moms, they were characterized as well groomed and obedient wives, loving mothers, meticulous housekeepers, and pleasant entertainers.

Happy Vintage Valentine

Let us know which of these fifties Valentine's Day gifts you would prefer receiving?


Tiffany & Co. Ad from April 12, 1952 New Yorker Magazine
Tiffany & Co Ad from April 12, 1952 New Yorker Magazine

Illustration for Sultan's Table at Dune's Hotel and Country Club Menu Las Vegas, Nevada Circa 1950 featuring 1950's dressed patrons at a restaurant
Sultan's Table at Dune's Hotel and Country Club Menu
Las Vegas, Nevada Circa 1950
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Universities Library

Illustration showing woman admiring lingerie in Swanette Lingerie 1950's Ad Ryff  & Co. SA. Berne Suisse
Swanette Lingerie 1950's Ad
Ryff  & Co. SA. Berne Suisse

First Lady Mamie Eisenhower

As the hot topic today is former First Lady Michelle Obama's official portrait, we would like to present our favorite First Lady portrait. As you might guess, it is from the fifties.

First Lady Mamie Eisenhower in Inaugural Gown
First Lady Mamie Eisenhower Inaugural Gown Portrait
Painted in 1953 by Thomas Stevens
Gown Designed by Nettie Rosenstein
Mamie Eisenhower was the First Lady of the United States from 1953 to 1961. Known for her bangs and bob hairstyle, outgoing personality, and love for pretty dresses, Mrs. Eisenhower's pride and enjoyment in her role as First Lady endeared her to the public.

For the 34th Presidential Inaugural Ball, Mrs. Eisenhower wore a pink peau de soie gown embroidered with 2000 rhinestones. The gown was designed by the highly regarded, American designer, Nettie Rosenstein.