7 Ways Mamie Eisenhower Contributed to Fashion in the 1950s ...

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I usually think of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as the iconic political woman of fashion, but Mamie Eisenhower was also well known for her fashion choices. Mamie greatly contributed to the fashion of the 1950s by wearing what was in style and, for the most part, wearing pieces that could be duplicated and afforded by the middle class. I have a feeling that people loved seeing what she wore almost as much as I love seeing what Kate Middleton wears. Certainly, her hair style was widely copied! Mamie Eisenhower may not be the first person you think of when you think of fashion, but she certainly does have her place in the fashion history of the 1950s.

1. Love of Fashion

In 1948, Mamie Eisenhower was 51, and she wanted to look young and stylish, which she accomplished by being as fashionable as she could. She did not let her age dictate what she wore, which I think is great! In fact, she famously stated, “I hate old-lady clothes. And I shall never wear them.” Mamie attended as many fashion shows as she could, even the shows in Paris. Her love of fashion shows was so well documented that the running joke was that she would definitely come to a charity event if there was a fashion show!

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