Besides being the mother of one of the most attractive men on television (yeah, we're talking about you, Anderson Cooper), Gloria Vanderbilt was an innovator and a pioneer in the field of fashion. The New York native started as a fine artist, but quickly branched into apparel and launched a line of designer jeans. Not only was Vanderbilt noted as an early developer of high-end denim, but she was also one of the first designers to make public appearances (before then, most designers remained exclusively behind the scenes).
In celebration of her 89th birthday (on Feb. 20), we are taking a look back at this influential designer's amazing style. Pictured here in 1954, Vanderbilt is seen looking gorgeous with a Decca long-play record. Her hair is delicately pulled off her face, while her thick brows and full lips show us that this lady is also a wiz in the beauty department. Her high-neck dress shows off her slim shoulders and the feminine pattern is perfect for spring -- too bad it's still so cold out.
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Art by Raydene Salinas