(My) Fashion Trendsetters: JACKIE O

Those of you who have been following my blogs know that I was/am rather lively of myself like jumping off moving trains, jumping off a ski jump and such things; in other words not so ladylike, eh?!! Well, let me tell you that, when I was in my early to mid-teens I started to collect pictures off the magazines with styles of fashions, clothes and so on for many years. Then in my late teens I went through my vast collection of pictures and put aside the ones which still appealed to me at that stage. And guess what, my preferred style in fashion was LADYLIKE!! I remember saying to my Mum: “Ooh if I only was older so that I could wear it!” Mum’s reaction: rolling her eyes, actually!

Audrey Hepburn has been one my trendsetters that I did an entry some while back and now I’m going to write a few things on Jackie O, who has been on my list of fashion trendsetters for a very long time, and I still think that her style is elegance and chic personified. Here is a link to Jackie O-style jacket that is high fashion even this season.

Some background on JACKIE O (1929-1994): She was born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, daughter of John Vernon Bouvier III and his wife, Janet Lee. Her early years were divided between New York City and East Hampton, Long Island, where she learned to ride almost as soon as she could walk. She was educated at the best of private schools; she wrote poems and stories, drew illustrations for them, and studied ballet.

To the role of First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy brought beauty, intelligence, and cultivated taste. Her interest in the arts, publicized by press and television, inspired an attention to culture never before evident at a national level. She devoted much time and study to making the White House a museum of American history and decorative arts as well as a family residence of elegance and charm. But she defined her major role as “to take care of the President” and added that “if you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.” A quote of hers that I have used a lot on my entries, for I think that it sums it all up so very well, actually. Source: The White House: First Ladies

She was First Lady for only a thousand days, but Jackie Kennedy will always hold a special place in our hearts. It all began with her 1953 marriage to the dashing senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy. As a couple they epitomized the arrival of a new generation of American leadership; their years in the White House have been immortalized as “Camelot.”

As First Lady, Jackie organized receptions and dinners notable for their elegance. Her streamlined gowns and suits sent fashion spinning. She created a Fine Arts Committee to assist her in documenting and renovating the décor of the White House. Her television tour introduced 80 million Americans to the White House and won her an Emmy Award. Source: Womenshistory.about.com.

From the moment she set off on the campaign trail in 1960 as a young senator’s wife, Jacqueline Kennedy had a rapt audience in American women. The pillbox, worn despite the fact that she abhorred hats, was only the beginning: Plastic surgeons reported that many women were visiting them in search of the Jackie “nose bob”; college girls everywhere affected Jackie’s breathy voice and patrician accent: There was something about Jackie. Source: Style.com

To mark the 40th anniversary in 2001 of her emergence as America’s first lady and explore her enduring global influence on style, the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute celebrated Jacqueline Kennedy with an unprecedented special exhibition of her iconic fashions. Some 80 original costumes and accessories from the collection. Here are some images on show of her stunning outfits of the timeless impact of her extraordinary, unforgettable grace and style. Here is the link to the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum. And here is the link to the special Travels section at the exhibition that Jackie travelled as the First Lady.

Jackie was a beautiful and elegant young woman, and when she made her social debut the Hearst newspaper gossip columnist named her Debutante of 1947. Jackie Kennedy was only 31 years old when she became First Lady . She was a popular First Lady, known for her elegant sophistication and her historical interest in the White House. Source: Answers.com

Jackie O was so very young when she became the First Lady for only a thousand days that is until her husband was assassinated in Dallas that fateful day in November 22, 1963. I remember reading about her and how she was cast into the mould of widow for life – like a German magazine put it, translated into English: ‘The Widow of the World’ (Das Witwe Der Welt) When she married Aristotle Onassis in 1968, the goodwill that she had gained over the years was nigh lost for good, and I think that she never quite managed to regain it ever again.

Here is a You Tube tribute to Jackie O with the most haunting Celtic tune sung by Enya in ‘May It Be’:

“I am a woman above everything else.”
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

And why she had to underline this fact, I think is, that she first and foremost was a real person and not an icon above any other title or status she had ever had in life.

What thoughts come to your mind reading this entry today?

Tis for now. Riihele xx

Further links on Jackie O:
Who2.com on Jackie

I read several extracts on the life of Jackie O online of the book that is called ’America’s Queen: A Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,’ by Sarah Bradford, published by Viking (The Times online)

And I came to understand the ‘what was what’ in her life so much better. I will be getting this book for I want to read it all; it is that excellent. I have also read other books on Jackie O over the years but this one seems to sum them all up in a beautiful way, methinks.


7 Responses

  1. I’m 17 and I’ve never collected fashion magazines which would mean, I’m even less lady like than you 😐 But well, lady or not, deep inside, this femininity exists 😛 I hope 😳

    Btw, you’ve been tagged at my blog… Do check 😛

  2. Hei Nus

    Never too late to start collecting pics of styles and fashions you like!! lol And then get back to sort them out years later and see what is your REAL style deep down in your heart!!

    Ladylike or Urban Chic is my preferred style these days as well. Keep writing, we will keep reading your brill entries. Rii 🙂

    Tagged, eh? Will drop by and leave my ‘answers’ on the comments at some stage soonish, OK.

  3. my style is very much like jackie wearing the evening gown looking at the mona lisa potriate.love her style and calm regal personality.so genuine eleglance,she was eader and style constant in these world. that we revered and adored.i like the new generation of young people moving back into more social class standard f life rather they work in the high end jobs or working at a fast food sector of life. but that real style is coming back into the forfr of life.bring jackie’s philosohpy back. what ever you do in this world do it the best and value yurself and the personal achievement that influence’s your life to the bestof goodness .never relenting to the wills of evils.

  4. for style that real makes me happy is french couture and renessances style of a era of of ladies and gentlemen of noble goodness that forever last in the future concepts of the style we need to be more regal.i love in liesure moments irish,scottish and nortic sweater including aran long dusters and /or long vest ,which i take home and sew for a dress when my money is short. but i love the complemnets i reciee on how smart i am in looking at something nd making possible for the dress look of europe. you know when you buy something and that all you can afford ,so i sew the slit of the long sweater and being very slinder and tall it works for me.

  5. i love the direction valentino collection i saw notlong ago ,long gloves and evening gowns of substance. really makes the style focus come to light. i love on my male cousins the regal wealthy nordic wealthy man’s look on male style. it’s so elegant. for leisure time yet focuses on the fact of confedience in style. and love of the ocean.

  6. i have a favorite male sorta public figure or more royal ,not kin america yet,but he is so regal in his suits for the daytime and evening wit blue palette style ,for leisure he is more high up regal western love with high standard of epitomeness and class.his enjoying style of leisure would be more exnsive nordic clothing of sweaters and slacks. so european. and regal past john jr.

  7. so much will be about class and verbal socializing with friends and workers. that is definete that we will be more adventuriuos in stye.speking so many languages is so attracrtive when you can speak german,latin,greek chineses,french,swidish,galic,scottish,welsh and high arabain.

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