First Lady of Fashion

An exhibit celebrates Jackie Kennedy's stylish years in the White House

Nobody needs to be told that the Kennedy myth is not what it used to be. But there's one part of it that no amount of historical revisionism will undo. The Kennedys, especially Jackie, changed the climate of taste in America. From the moment they assumed center stage, they chased away all memory of Mamie Eisenhower's tiered-ruffle dresses and the bamboo furniture in the solarium of Ike's White House. (After Mamie took her on a tour of the place, Jackie complained to a friend that "it looks like it's been furnished by discount stores.") To see Jackie, at 31, take command...

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