Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Bouvier Kennedy
Onassis (July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994), was the wife of the 35th
President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and First Lady
of the United States during his presidency from 1961 until his
assassination in 1963. Five years later she married Greek
shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis; they remained married until
his death in 1975. For the final two decades of her life,
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had a career as a book editor. She is
remembered for her contributions to the arts and preservation of
historic architecture, her style, elegance, and grace. She
was a fashion icon; her famous pink
Chanel suit has become a symbol of her husband's
assassination and one of the lasting images of the 1960s.
Jacqueline Kennedy became a symbol of fashion for women
worldwide. She retained French-born American fashion designer
and Kennedy family friend
Oleg Cassini in the fall of 1960 to create an original
wardrobe for her as First Lady. From 1961 to late 1963, Cassini
dressed her in many of her most iconic ensembles, including her
Inauguration Day fawn coat and Inaugural gala gown, as well as
many outfits for her visits to Europe, India, and Pakistan. In
her first year in the White House, Kennedy spent $45,446 more on
fashion than the $100,000 annual salary her husband earned as
president (He donated the annual salary to charity). Her clean
suits with a skirt hem down to middle of the knee, three-quarter
sleeves on notch-collar jackets, sleeveless A-line dresses,
above-the-elbow gloves, low-heel pumps, and famous pillbox hats
were overnight successes around the world and quickly became
known as the "Jackie" look. Although Cassini was her
primary designer, she also wore ensembles by French fashion
legends such as Chanel, Givenchy, and
Dior. More than any other First Lady her style was copied by
commercial manufacturers and a large segment of young women. Her
influential bouffant hairstyle, described as a "grown-up
exaggeration of little girls' hair", was created by Kenneth,
whom she had been seeing since 1954, and who continued to style
her hair until 1986.
In the years after the White House, her
style changed dramatically. Gone were the modest "campaign wife"
clothes. Wide-leg pantsuits, large lapel jackets, gypsy skirts,
silk Hermès head scarves, and large, round, dark sunglasses
became her new look. She often chose to wear brighter colors and
patterns and even began wearing jeans in public. Beltless,
white jeans with a black turtleneck, never tucked in, but pulled
down over the hips, was another fashion trend that she set.
Throughout her lifetime, Kennedy
acquired a large collection of exquisite and priceless jewelry.
Her triple-strand pearl necklace designed by American jeweler
Kenneth Jay Lane became her signature piece of jewelry during
her time as First Lady in the White House. Often referred to as
the "berry brooch", the two-fruit cluster brooch of strawberries
made of rubies with stems and leaves of diamonds, designed by
French jeweler Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., was
personally selected and given to her by her husband several days
prior to his inauguration in January 1961. Kennedy wore
Schlumberger's gold and enamel bracelets so frequently in the
early and mid-1960s that the press called them "Jackie
bracelets"; she also favored his white enamel and gold "banana"
earrings. Kennedy wore jewelry designed by Van Cleef & Arpels
throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s; her sentimental favorite
was the Van Cleef & Arpels wedding ring given to her by
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