Friday, July 1, 2011

Jackie O

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: cultural icon and wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and served as First Lady of the United States during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Starting with JFK's campaign and up until his death, women across the U.S. copied her style by donning pillbox hats, Cassini and A-line dresses, and teasing their hair. In 1968 she married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis; they remained married until his death in 1975. During this time she had a more relaxed style, wearing pants, sweaters, and the famous "Jackie O" glasses. For the final two decades of her life, Jackie had a successful career as a book editor. She is remembered for her contributions to the arts and preservation of historic architecture, her style, elegance, and grace.

(Photos are my scans from A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy, A Woman Named Jackie, Kennedy: Through the Lens, People: Great Lives Remembered, and Radical Rags.)

I liked Jackie before I loved the BEATLES. I think she is quite overlooked in the retro blogging world (at least, what I see of it). Is she too square? Or do they just prefer Marilyn?


Chrissie said...

Lovely post!! I love Jackie, a very strong, beautiful, and inspiring woman.

Leticia said...

Great post! Jackie was soooo classy and such a great icon. Lovely pics. peace

DiploNerds said...

She is hardly overlooked. She is considered one of the greatest American fashion icons to ever live. Women idolize her fashion style. Check out this picture from a fashion shoot this past summer. It is almost identical of a picture taken of Jackie herself