50 years on… and the glamour of Jackie Kennedy

With Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis on the front cover of the Women’s Weekly this month, 50 years on from the death of her husband, it is a fitting point in time to consider her sense of style and her gorgeous clothes in those years. I recently mentioned that I went to a Book Fair and picked up a copy of “Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years” published in coordination with an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art almost 10 years ago. I adore looking through these images of the garments and the moments in which they were worn.

One dress caught my eye for a couple of reasons- its easy elegance, its appropriateness for day to day wear and the little note in the text that stated that the dress was by an unknown french couturier. “But it definitely looks like a Laroche,” I thought. Here is an earlier blog mentioning Vogue Paris Original 1160.

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Speaking more generally, 1957 to 1963 has to be my absolute favourite era for vintage fashion. There is still a little of the “prettiness” of the 1950s but there is a greater sophistication that comes with the simpler lines, the thoughtful and often more subtle details…not to mention the enduring glamour!

Jackie Kennedy wears a gorgeous pink dress with a low and intersting back to a White House staff party

Jackie Kennedy wears a gorgeous pink dress with a low and intersting back to a White House staff party… shown here with Vogue Paris Original 1233 by Heim

 

Simple styles with low blacks were particularly popular during the time that Jacqueline Kennedy lived in the White House. Here are a few others that were available through Vogue Patterns in 1963.

Pierre Cardin as featured in a 1963 Vogue pattern Counter Catalog

Pierre Cardin dress as featured in a 1963 Vogue pattern Counter Catalog

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A Fabiani dress as featured in a 1963 Vogue pattern Counter Catalog

There is another dress in the book I absolutely adore because of the gauzy and feminine overblouse and its “sheer” elegance…

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For anyone wishing to emulate this look, Vogue Pattern 1959 (Bellville Sassoon 1997) would be a good place to start in silk like crepe or wool crepe, again with a pretty overblouse in lace… just don’t forget your gloves!

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