Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Jackie's Everlasting Style

Jackie: My Obsession by Ron Galella via Aerin Lauder

Jacqueline Kennedy entered the White House as First Lady at a mere 31 years old, and in the weeks leading up to the inauguration of JFK she began to redecorate the family quarters and historically restore the public rooms. Jacqueline went as far as to hire a committee of experts, scour the government warehouses in search of misplaced White House furnishings, and even solicit the nation to donate important historical and artistic items.

In the images via Life Magazine's 1961 article on the restoration project, several of the pieces you see Jackie holding date back to the presidencies of Teddy Roosevelt, John Quincy Adams, and James Monroe. She apparently was even able to find and use Lincoln's lavender-bordered dinner plates!

Since the restoration project was privately funded, she helped to create a White House Historical Association, an entity which was able to raise funds through the sale of a book she conceived entitled, "The White House: A Historic Guide."

One of the things I loved about last year's movie (starring Natalie Portman), Jackie, was the chance to revisit some of these fabulously redecorated rooms and imagine what they may have looked like.

The Master bedroom in 1962

The Master Bedroom in 1962

Jackie's dressing room

Jackie's dressing room

Then from 1964 to 1994, Jackie lived on the 15th floor at 1040 Fifth Ave on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She bought the entire 15th floor and filled it with her favorite things. In the few peeks we get of this home, it seems it had a grand but cozy feel. Her designer explained, "she was ageless, and her style was ageless," in regards to how the home changed very little over the 30 years Jackie lived there. In 1996 it sold for $9.5 million dollars and much of her belongings were auctioned off through Sotheby's. 

Jackie's style truly was ageless, I think we can all say her fashion and decor have stood the test of time, and I would wear every outfit pictured below today. I could have selected 100 photos as examples of her everlasting style, but I decided to show you examples of Jackie's perfect and classic summer attire:

Jackie was the first First Lady to have her own press secretary, and no doubt her visibility would permanently forge a media interest well beyond her years in the White House.

You can find copies of Sotheby's estate auction catalogue on Ebay (as pictured above), which is said to have a rich historical documentation of some of her belongings and personal stories behind them. If you are interested in the history surrounding Jackie, her life, and the White House at her time, I'd encourage you to check out the movie Jackie, as well as Netflix documentaries Jackie: A Tale of Two Sisters, and JFK: The Making of a President. Smash His Camera, was another intriguing doc that chronicled a paparazzo that was obsessed with capturing photos of Jackie, and you can find his book and prints of Jackie here.



Tracey Ayton Photography said...

She truly is and forever will be my #1 idol ...... besides Carolyn Bessett Kennedy :-) Love Jackie. I get inspired to fix my posture just a little bit taller when I see pictures of her. Hope you're having a nice summer Nancy. xo T

Barbara Matson said...

Love her style and class! My MIL has a tablecloth that was a White House dining table cloth during John Quincy Adams presidency as her great great great grandfather was the 7th Supreme Court Justice of Massachusetts.

Marcus Design said...

Thank you Tracey and Barbara for your comments! Love you guys XO

I am now totally noticing Jackie's posture Tracey!

And Barbara, I'd love to see that tablecloth, how divine!!

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