ackie Kennedy once protested, "Clothes are a nuisance to me. I do not want to be a fashion symbol, I just want to be appropriately dressed." Still, in addition to being at the top of the "Best Dressed List" for over thirty years, America's most famous first lady was a fashion symbol for the world.
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was born on July 28, 1929, in South Hampton, Long Island the daughter of John Vernou Bouvier III and Janet Norton Lee, a handsome society couple. When she was eleven, her parents divorced and she spent her early years in New York City and East Hampton. One early and powerful influence upon her fashion sensibilities was her father. Jackie idolized "Black Jack," and delighted in the fact that he was always fashionably dressed and often mistaken for Clark Gable.
Herself a reluctant model for millions of people around the world, Jackie had this to say about models in 1951: "A model's job is to efface herself and call attention to her dress. A woman of chic wishes to play up her own personality. She is well-dressed if people say, 'She looked heavenly but I can't remember what she had on.'" While this may indeed be true of most well dressed women, it is equally true that in Jackie O's case, people remembered (and remember still) what she wore. During the White House years, and for decades after, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis would inspire generations of designers, photographers, and interior decorators.
ountless words have been written about the pillbox hats; the boxy little suits and large-buttoned coats that were Jackie's White House signature; the sleek, sleeveless evening gowns; the pink Chez Ninon copy of a Chanel suit she wore on the day JFK was shot; simple shift or A-line dresses in solids or soft print fabrics; the simple T-shirts and soft Valentino dresses that were her 70s trademarks.
Once when asked by a reporter what sacrifices she would be willing make if her husband were elected President, Jackie replied "I'll wear hats." So the best-dressed women of the rest of the world did too.
Jackie Kennedy Dress-Up Ensemble
The 20-piece Magnetic Jackie Dress-Up Set is truly a collector's item. The 12" x 18" set starts with Jackie in a bathing suit and includes lots of dressy accessories to create mix and match combinations of evening and leisure wear (sorry, no pill box hat). High quality images, die cut, backed by full magnets.