Mamie Eisenhower, Inaugural Gown
First Lady 1953 to 1961
Mamie Doud Eisenhower wore this gown of silk peau de soie with pink rhinestones to the inaugural ball of 1953. The gown was designed by Nettie Rosenstein of New York City, who was fond of stating, "It's what you leave off a dress that makes it smart." During her husband's presidency, Mamie Eisenhower became one of the most beloved First Ladies in American history. She had already gained great popularity during his first presidential campaign--when chants of "We want Mamie" rivaled those of "We like Ike." Mrs. Eisenhower, who once described herself as "perfectly satisfied to be known as a housewife," was viewed by the public as the ideal exemplar of American womanhood in the 1950s.
||Mamie Doud Eisenhower (1896-1979)
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