Jacqueline Kennedy’s fashion sense had more of an influence on the fashion world than any other First Lady of modern history. While some squawked at her blatant disregard to price tags and American designers, there was no one who could deny that Jackie O was America’s version of royalty.
Jacqueline Kennedy had a flair for design. She is single-handedly responsible for bringing historical importance back to the White House by uncovering treasures that were packed away in the basement and restoring some of the historical pieces that were worn down from use and neglect. This allowed the grandeur of the home of the President of the United States to be returned.
The 1960′s fashion world was seen by most as a conviction of the wealthy. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy had been raised with money and remained in the same financial bracket when she took the hand of the handsome John Kennedy. Determined to give a positive light to the fashion world, Jackie kept her finger on the pulse of fashion often bridging different cultures together by wearing a designer of the country they were visiting. Most notably was the dress designed by Givenchy in France that she wore to the French President’s dinner in which President Kennedy proudly introduced himself “as the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris.” The headlines of Mrs.Kennedy’s latest outfits soon took over the current event headlines of the times putting much attention to what this new, young first lady was wearing.
Oleg Cassini was the designer of choice of the first lady and probably was most notably the thing she was most criticized in the domestic fashion world. Oleg was French and many of the beautiful frocks that would be purchased by Mrs. Kennedy would be imported to the United States from Europe. Many believed that she should have bought American and was somewhat disloyal to the American designers. Mrs. Kennedy began to purchase more from America but her love and true ties remained to the Cassini Couture house that continued to her death.
If there was one fashion piece that Jackie Kennedy was most noted and copied, it would be the three strand pearl necklace made for her by Lane Jewelers. The necklace was a standard accessory for her and one women across the United States and abroad sought after in the faux form. In 1964, she received the prestigious honor of being place on the International Best Dressed List and remained part of the admiration and attention of the American people long after he husband was laid to rest.
See Gwyneth Paltrow’s 2012 Oscar gown…look familiar? What part of your fashion experience do you credit Jacqueline Kennedy? Who affects your style today?