Monday, Apr. 02, 2012

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was never just the wife of a President. As First Lady, she represented the style and sophistication of 1960s America. From her chic, perfectly tailored suits and dresses to delicate details like elbow-length gloves and three-strand pearl necklaces, she was credited with not only making politics fashionable but also inspiring women around the world to adopt her classic Jackie look. While many of her outfits are considered iconic, it's the pink Chanel suit that she wore the day of her husband's assassination that remains in the forefront of the public's consciousness. Even as Lyndon Johnson took the oath of office, hours after the President's death, she refused to remove the suit, telling his wife Lady Bird Johnson, "I want them to see what they have done to Jack." Kennedy attempted to escape public scrutiny by moving her family from Washington to New York City shortly afterward, but her life was still of much interest, and she was continually hounded by the paparazzi. In 1968 she married shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, and her trademark style changed dramatically — from campaign wife to woman of casual elegance. After Onassis died in 1975, Kennedy Onassis took a job as an editor at Doubleday, working in her spare time to preserve the cultural heritage of New York City, helping preserve and renovate Grand Central Terminal, among other iconic landmarks. Now it is Jackie herself who is one of America's most popular icons.