This wonderful lady’s 85th birthday was 4 days ago, so to celebrate, we made her our August Style Icon of the Month!
Jacqueline Bouvier by David Berne, 1935
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born in Southampton, New York in 1929 to parents John “Black Jack” Bouvier, a Wall Street stockbroker, and Janet Norton Lee, the daughter of a real estate tycoon.
Jacqueline adored her dashing, high-living father, who set the glamour bar high: “Style is not a function of how rich you are, or even who you are… It’s what you are. It’s your essential self- it’s what makes you a Bouvier,” he told her.
Jacqueline became quite the lady growing up. She attended Paris-Sorbonne University and fell in love with art history. After graduation, Jacqueline turned down a Vogue editorship to become a camera girl for the Washington Times-Herald after pressure from her mother.
In 1953, she married John F. Kennedy. During Kennedy’s presidential campaign, Jacqueline fell under scrutiny by the American public for her Parisian wardrobe that contained the likes of Givenchy, Balenciaga, and Chanel. She was forced to abandon her Parisian wardrobe and consulted Diana Vreeland on a selection of American designers.
“Mrs. Kennedy approaches the subject of clothes with the same qualities that gained political success for her husband—confidence, individuality, a mind of one’s own, and a knowledge of the issues,” reported The New York Times.
On the day of Kennedy’s inauguration, Jacqueline wore a Cassini trim greige coat with Halston’s news-making pillbox hat and a little sable circlet and muff. She appeared on the cover of Time, wearing her signature three-strand pearls in an illustration during the week her husband took office.
Jacqueline was heralded by the public for starting two fashion trends- (1) the pillbox hat that rested over her flipped bouffant and (2) the oversized sunglasses.
Jacqueline Kennedy later on became known as Jackie O. after her second marriage to Aristotle “Ari” Onassis, a Greek shipping tycoon.
Our August Style Icon of the Month, Jackie O., was truly a phenomenal woman. After Ari died, Jackie settled in New York and became a book editor. She also played an active role in the arts community, working with the American Ballet Theatre, the Municipal Arts Society, and more. Thank you Jackie for blessing us with your ever-so-graceful style!
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.(2014) Retrieved from http://www.vogue.com/voguepedia/Jacqueline_Kennedy_Onassis