JBK - Jackie Kennedy and Her Fashion Style Impact Upon the United States and the World
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy’s Fashion Impact
Jackie's fashion impact continues even in 2010. As the side by side photo above details with both Jackie Kennedy's style and Anne Hathaway - we are still looking to Jackie for our fashion style and classic elegance.
Jackie came into popularity five decades ago - in the early 1960s when her husband John F. Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States.
Jackie brought art and fashion to the preeminence of United States culture. Prior to Jackie couture fashion was reserved for Europe with the world looking to French designers for trends. But Jackie was a trendsetter in and of herself. While she had studied abroad and had a special fondness for Paris, she consciously upheld her American roots and assigned Oleg Cassini as her principle designer. Yet, when she traveled to France, she graciously wore a French outfit befitting the style of France.
Fashion Designers - Cassini and Chanel, Givenchy, and Dior and More
Jackie left behind the fashions of former first ladies and choose classic elegance in her renown A-line dresses and evening gowns from world renown American designer Oleg Cassini. Jackie also wore French designers Chanel, Givenchy and Dior and many more.
Fashion and Jewelry
It was Jackie's creative element - the designer within her that spurred her to the forefront of fashion. While a celebrity because of her marriage, don't forget Jackie won an internship to work with Vogue and was the shining star of high society and named debutant of the year. Both her father and her mother valued style. The style was beyond just fashion and jewelry, it was also about appropriateness of dress. One of her first nights in the White House was spent alone because JFK asked her to wear the same set of jewelry two days in a row. This was not acceptable practice. And while she wanted to please her husband and the newly elected President of the United States, her sense of style and individualism remained true. Kudos is to be given to Jackie for her strength and determination. She clearly knew how to please but she choose to be true to herself - in her clothing and her jewelry.
Fashion Replicated in both Jewelry and Barbie Dolls
Jackie's sense of style is reflected in both the very popular replica jewelry which remains popular even decades after her death and in barbie dolls. From the evening wear to pink pill hat to the famous three strand pearls. The dolls from Franklin Mint are a lasting tribute to a lasting fashion icon.
Fashion Statement - Pill Box Hats
Jackie and Her Bubble Cut Hair & Hermes Hand Bag
The Jackie Look
Famous Impact - Jackie's Pill Box Hat - Oleg Cassini or Balenciaga?
As wikipedia details: "A pillbox hat is a small woman's hat with a flat crown and straight, upright sides."
The pillbox hat, was made fashionable by the First Lady of the White House in the 1960’s.
I have read that the pill box hat was designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga. I have also read that Cassini was credited to that invention. Oleg Cassini was Jackie's main designer but I would place bets on Balenciaga - it would suit Jackie's style to grab hold of something new from Europe and assimilate it completely in American culture.
According to Wikipedia: "Cristóbal Balenciaga opened his first boutique with Charlottee Lee - Finglas (babe) in San Sebastián, Spain, in 1914,which expanded to include branches in Madrid and Barcelona.The Spanish royal family and the aristocracy wore his designs, but when the Spanish Civil War forced him to close his stores, Balenciaga moved to Paris."
If you know the facts, please leave a comment below. Inquiring minds want to know!
Famous Impact - Jackie's Hermes Purse
Jackie's purses are now replicated and available on QVC - thanks to the painstaking details of Camrose and Katz.
Famous Impact - 3 Strand Faux Pearl Necklace
Nowhere in fashion history, one piece of jewelry so sought after and copied. No where in history has a piece of faux jewelry valued at $500-$600, sold for $211,500!
Famous Impact - Distinctive Jewelry - Jackie Bangles
Never afraid to make a statement. The Jackie Bangles were wide and bright. She had commissioned two colors - one in ivory and one in bright blue. Through Camrose and Kross, Philip Katz shares the history of many of Jackie's pieces of jewelry. Mr. Katz shares that she often more gifts from her husband on her left wrist and gifts of state on her right wrist. Most likely, in tribute to her husband who was living at the time.
Her iconic outfits were translated and copied by both Barbie and the Franklin Mint and commercial clothing industry inspiring millions of American females to copy the Jackie classic style.
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy – Fashionable Hair
From head to toe, Jackie inspired American fashion. This was true with her new "bouffant coiffure" known as the “bubble cut”. And again, the 1961 Barbie doll featured her new hair style.
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy – Fashionable Clothing
Upon the inauguration of John F. Kennedy, the outfit Jackie wore in 1961 inspired the Barbie doll outfit called the "Red Flair". The Red Flair Barbie doll was sold from 1962-1965. Photos are provided below.
3 Strand Faux Pearl Necklace
Red Flair Barbie
Jackie Kennedy - Beyond Barbie
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was iconic beyond Barbie.
Jackie was also replicated by the Franklin Mint in several stunning renditions from the Black and White Gown Ensemble by Oleg Cassini, to the Palm Beach replicate complete with the famous Jackie silk scarf and extra large black sunglasses to the white evening gown with her signature 3 strand faux pearls which were purchased by Franklin Mint for $211,500.
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The jewelry, the accessories, the classic colors are all Jackie. Even the bright colors are Jackie distinctive - look at how far ahead she was with her bright green suit! Classic today but trendsetting 50 years ago!
Notice the iconic fashion statements made in each doll - replicated in complete detail - exquisite, classic Jackie elegance.
Oleg Cassini Designer - Black & White Gown
Jackie Kennedy Franklin Mint on Amazon
Franklin Mint Dresses and Accessories
The Jackie Doll Black and White Gown Ensemble
- The Jackie Doll™ Black and White Gown Ensemble
- Worn to the opening of the Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center, New York.
- Designed by Oleg Cassini for Jackie, re-created exclusively for this doll.
- The minimalist look par excellence in Jackie's two favorite colors black and white.
- Complete with matching gloves, pumps and faux pearl earrings.
A. The remarkable likeness of Jackie's beautiful face is framed by dazzling faux pearl earrings.
B. At her waist, an elegant bow, Oleg Cassini's trademark for his Jackie originals.
C. The sophisticated look is completed by sleek, elbow-length gloves.
In September 1962, Jacqueline Kennedy traveled to New York City to attend the opening of the Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center, the elegant showcase for the performing arts.
At the premier, Jackie wore a full-length black and white gown adorned with a black satin bow, one of the "Jackie look" signature touches. The "T-shirt" style bodice had a rounded neckline and was embroidered with brilliantes and glitter. The dazzling bodice elegantly contrasted with the white satin skirt.
As with so many of her fashions designed by Oleg Cassini, the black and white gown that Jackie wore that evening reflected her own personal style...classic beauty and simple elegance.
Jackie Kennedy Palm Beach Doll
The Jackie Doll & The Palm Beach Holiday Ensemble
- The Jackie Doll™ & The Palm Beach Holiday Ensemble
- Crafted in poseable, lifelike vinyl.
- An original design by Oleg Cassini, the designer who created the "Jackie" style.
- Fabulous accessories.
- Her "trademark" sunglasses and wrap-around scarf.
A. Her wrap-around scarf was a look the public truly loved.
B. Her sunglasses were her "trademark'' style.
C. Her crisp black pumps were classic elements of her designer wardrobe.
D. Her handbag matched her classic pumps. Her white gloves were a must.
She was the closest thing America ever had to a Queen. Yet her intelligence and vitality represented every American woman. And her style and elegance inspired women the world over.
Jackie Kennedy Fashion on Amazon
What is Haute Couture?
Simply speaking "couture" means dressmaking. In essence it is simply a French expression for "high fashion"; pronounced: /ˌoʊt kuːˈtʊər/).
Haute couture is not off the shelf, it is made to order fashion typically for a specific customer. It is always with extreme attention to detail.
Legends - Lasting Changes in American Culture
Jackie Kennedy was more than a wife of a President. She changed American culture. Where her husband desegregated the culture of America by his legislative efforts and personal pleas for full integration of blacks into American society. His wife left a lasting fashion impact upon Americans.
Jackie elevated the haute couture in fashion and in interior design. Even today Jackie's impact is noticeable on American culture. Fifty years later, we are still referring to Jackie for fashion guidance as the Anne Hathaway photo details.
John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy both forever changed American culture for the better - John in equal rights and Jackie in the arts - from her Mona Lisa (which visited the United States thanks to her initiative and oversight) to her interior design and love of antiques for the White House to classic elegance which the United States never before had held of importance - until Jackie.
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