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Looking Back at Jackie Kennedy’s style; The Original First Lady of Fashion

July 29, 2011

During her tour of India in a sleeveless shift dress. (1962)

She was born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in 1929 to a privileged family. This little girl would eventually become the wife of the most powerful man in the world.

In a bid to honour what would have been her 82nd birthday this past Thursday, we look back on the life of a woman who  was nationally and globally respected as American royalty, charming the world during the early ’60s as the young, glamorous, dignified, style-setting wife of President John F. Kennedy.

By the time she became Mrs John F Kennedy in 1953 she had already cemented her place as a fashion icon to women all over the world. She is responsible for setting the style for the early sixties with  her affinity and taste for impeccably tailored A-line dresses, clean suits and pillbox hats.

Jackie Kennedy at JFK's funeral.

When her husband became president, Jackie Kennedy ushered an era of high style and glamour into the White House with the help of famed couturier, Oleg Cassini. Her good taste was influenced by her blue-blood upbringing and a distinct admiration for French couture. She remained admirably strong during and after the assassination of her husband. When she mourned him, she wore Valentino. She wore the designer again when she married wealthy shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Even after his death, she continued to be the epitome of class. Years Jackie O’s death, her impact lives on.

For more pictures of Jackie. O and her irreverent sense of style from Huffington Post, click here.
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