The White House hosted its first – and only – fashion show on February 29, 1968. The fashion show and luncheon was presented by the First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and was titled “How to Discover America in Style.” The audience included the wives of governors who were in Washington D.C. for the midwinter meeting of the National Governors Conference. Also in attendance were fashion designers and journalists covering the event. The show specifically highlighted the work of American designers and promoted United States tourism. The event was narrated by Nancy White, editor of Harper’s Bazaar.
Black-and-white negatives, color negatives, and photographic contact sheets documenting the fashion show are held in the Still Picture Branch. Additionally, textual and photographic records related to the event are held at the LBJ Library.
The following photographs of the event are filed within Record Group 306: Records of the U.S. Information Agency (306-SSA-68-8218) and are held in the Still Picture Branch.
Records from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library Documenting the 1968 Fashion Show
For information about the following records, researchers will need to contact the LBJ Library directly. Their email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Textual and photographic records related to the fashion show can be found within Bess Abell’s (Lady Bird Johnson’s White House Social Secretary) files. A file unit pertaining to the White House Fashion Show has been digitized and made available in the NARA online Catalog here: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/183522680.
Additional links from the LBJ Library:
- Folder, “February 29, 1968,” President’s Appointment File [Diary Backup], Box 91
- President’s Daily Diary entry, 2/29/1968
- Audio diary and annotated transcript, Lady Bird Johnson, 2/28/1968 (Wednesday)
- February 29, 1968 Photograph Contact Sheets
- Press release, “Remarks of Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson at Governors’ Wives Luncheon, the White House, Washington, DC, 2/29/1968”
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