"They finally let me out of the basement."
So begins the true story of Ninette Griffith, a 96-year-old Birmingham native with a silk-and-chiffon Southern accent and a brass-and-iron spirit. Funny, irreverent, ambitious, and unflinchingly honest, this elegantly independent woman lived a life that followed no one else’s pattern, a life that unfolds in these stories of reckless romance, celebrity hi-jinks, fashion disasters, and heartbreaking loss.
Ninette Griffith was Fashion Coordinator for Loveman’s Department Store in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1950s and 1960s — a time when the downtown department store was a temple of style and fashion, and Loveman’s was one of the biggest, most influential stores in the Southeast. It was also a time when not many women had a full-time, high-profile job, a husband in the military, and a child at home, but Ninette juggled it all. "I didn't know I couldn’t do it, so I did it."
But Ninette’s story goes far beyond her career. Born in 1913, she was witness to the 20th century in the South, and her stories span the lively times of the 1920s, the dark days of the Depression, the war years of the 1940s and 1950s, and the social upheavals of the 1960s.They include tales of an eyebrow-raising love affair, hilarious blunders at home and at work, and the triumph of humor and spirit over mistakes, pride, disappointment, and loss.
Actress and storyteller Dolores Hydock collected Ninette’s stories during a series of interviews over 18 months. Now, Dolores brings these funny, tender, surprising stories to life on the stage in this remarkable one-woman play, In Her Own Fashion. Yvette Jones-Smedley, Performing Arts Program Manager for the Alabama State Council on the Arts, called it "...an exquisite evening of theatre."