Sunday Style Icon: Jackie Kennedy Onassis

January 8, 2012

There are no words to adequately introduce todays Style Icon, so I think I will let the photos do the talking……

Jackie Kennedy - Style Icon

Jacqueline Bouvier Bride in 1953

Socialite, Wife, Mother, First Lady and a successful Editor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, above all of these, is remembered for her style, elegance, and grace.

Jackie Kennedy 1961 Inauguration Day Jackie Kennedy Fashion Icon

Born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in New York in 1929 to a privileged family, spending her early years in New York City and East Hampton, New York, at the Bouvier family estate, “Lasata”.

Jacqueline Bouvier in 1934 with her pony Buddy

Jacqueline Bouvier Tuxedo Horse Show 1939

Following her parents’ divorce and her mother’s remarriage to Standard Oil heir Hugh D. Auchincloss, Jr. in 1942, she divided her time with her sister Caroline, between their mother’s homes in McLean, Virginia and Newport, Rhode Island, and their father’s homes in New York City and Long Island.

The girl who would eventually become the wife of the world’s most famous man showed strong style credentials from a young age.

Jacqueline Bouvier at 16

Jacqueline Bouvier 1947

Jacqueline Bouvier with her Father John Vernou Bouvier III

When she made her society debut in 1947, Hearst columnist Igor Cassini dubbed her “debutante of the year’

Jacqueline and Lee Bouvier in 1951

English Fashion and Portrait photographer Cecil Beaton photographed the Bouvier sisters as debutantes for a feature  in American Vogue. In the same year Jacqueline started working for The Washington Times-Herald and it was whilst working for this newspaper that she was introduced to John F. Kennedy.

Jacqueline Bouvier with Caroline Lee Bouvier, 1951

Jackie Kennedy & JFK

Wedding Portrait Of Jacqueline Bouvier

By the time she became Mrs John F Kennedy in 1953 she had already become a fashion icon to women all over the world. Her chic and timeless voluminous ivory silk taffeta gown, by Ann Lowe, affirmed her status. A portrait neckline and wide, embellished skirt emphasized Jackie’s small waist, and an heirloom lace Juliet veil, which originally belonged to her grandmother, completed the super-romantic ensemble.

John And Jackie Kennedy's Wedding in 1953 Jacqueline and John Kenndy 1st Dance

Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy cutting their wedding cake in 1953

Jacqueline Bouvier 1953 Bride

When John F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for the Presidency Jackie intended to take an active role in the campaign, however upon learning that she was pregnant shortly after the beginning of the campaign, her doctors instructed her to stay at home. Jackie had sadly suffered a miscarriage in 1955 and gave birth to a stillborn baby girl in 1956 before finally giving birth to a healthy second daughter, Caroline, in 1957.

President of the United States of America John F. Kennedy with his wife Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy watching husband JFK

Jackie and John F Kennedy 1960

When her husband was sworn in as president on January 20, 1961, Jackie became, at age 31, one of the youngest First Ladies in history – and arguably the most glamorous.

Jacqueline Kennedy and her husband, newly elected JFK

Jacqueline Kennedy and JFK on Inauguration Day

Jacqueline Kennedy

As First Lady, Jackie was thrust into the spotlight. It was old family friend, couturier Oleg Cassini who put her signature look together having persuaded the first lady that she should use him as the creator of her total look, a decision that proved pivotal – setting the style for the 1960s with her clean suits, knee length skirts, 3/4 sleeves on notch-collar jackets, sleeveless A-line dresses, above-the-elbow gloves and famous pillbox hats.

Jackie Kennedy 1961

First Lady Jackie Kennedy 1962

Jacqueline Kennedy

First Lady Jackie Kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy And Peter Lawford

Although Cassini was her primary designer, she also wore designs by French fashion legends such as Chanel, Givenchy, and Dior. Wherever John and Jackie went in the world, all eyes were on her.

Jackie & John F Kennedy Christmas 1962

First Lady Jackie Kennedy & President JFK 1963

John and Jackie Kennedy in 1963 Washington Parade

Jackie Kennedy & JFK

Jackie Kennedy & JFK 1963 Dallas

But her innate sense of style extended way beyond the state visits and society functions of the Kennedy era. When Jackie was widowed in 1963, her style changed dramatically. Gone were the conservative ‘campaign wife’ clothes, replaced with pantsuits, jeans, large lapel jackets, silk Hermès head scarves and of course those trademark large, round, dark sunglasses.

Jackie Onassis 1970

Jackie Onassis

Jackie O

Jackie Kennedy Onassis Jackie Onassis 1970

When she married Aristotle Onassis in 1968, Jackie Kennedy became Jackie Onassis or Jackie O (as she was affectionately known) Until her death in 1994, she never had a bad fashion day and never took a bad photo, which is why she is still referred to as one of the most influential people in fashion.

Jacqueline Onassis

Aristotle S. Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Wedding

Jackie Onassis 40th Birthday

Jackie Onassis with sister Lee and friends (all Images from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis)

Its impossible not to admire and respect this Wife, Mother, First Lady and Style Icon. Love you Jackie O

Jackie O



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15 Responses to “Sunday Style Icon: Jackie Kennedy Onassis”

  1. What a fantastic blog post! I have been enjoying looking over and over all these beautiful images for hours. Her wedding dress was sensational and so very romantic, LOVE IT!

  2. Amy says:

    Thanks, I am so glad you enjoyed the post – I loved pulling together the fabulous photos. And wasn’t her dress just lovely!

  3. sheilaembry says:

    Beautiful. I just finished the new book and enjoyed these photos very much. Thanks.

  4. sophie says:

    i love you

  5. TRish SAnchez says:

    This is very lovely information. Even as a child I loved to read about her. Too tragic the death of JFK.

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  11. What a lovely collection of photos! Many I haven’t seen before. What a style icon.

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