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  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Fashion Icon

    Fashion, in the early 1960s, was seen as a preoccupation of the wealthy. "Most Americans had a sort of knee-jerk reaction, fashion was elitist, decadent," said Valerie Steele , fashion historian and director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. "What she [Jacqueline Kennedy] did was give a totally positive spin to fashion."
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  • Jacqueline Kennedy Fashion Slideshow

    John F. Kennedy was the last president to wear a high hat to the inauguration. At the inauguration he removed both his hat and coat to deliver his inaugural address. Despite the bitter cold, Kennedy wanted to maintain an image of youth and vigor. The new first lady wore a wool knee-length coat with large buttons and sleeves that stopped just below the elbow.
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  • Jacqueline Kennedy Fashion Slideshow

    The Kennedys' state visit to Paris was widely watched, with eyes on the glamorous first lady. President Kennedy even introduced himself in a speech as, "the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris." Mrs. Kennedy used the power of clothing to build goodwill, said Steele. "She paid homage to French culture with the Givenchy gown and opera coat worn to President Gaulle's state dinner."
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    For a state visit to Vienna on June 3, 1961, where the Kennedys met Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, Jacqueline wore a shell pink silk-georgette chiffon evening dress with sequins by Oleg Cassini. It was reported that the premier was quite taken with the first lady. When he was asked to shake JFK's hand for a photo he said, "I'd like to shake her hand first."
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  • Jacqueline Kennedy Fashion Slideshow

    On Valentine's Day, 1962, 56 million viewers tuned in to watch a television special on the restoration of the White House prominently featuring the first lady. All three networks aired the special, in which she wore a red 2-piece day dress in dark red wool bouclé by Rodier. Watch the two-hour Diane Sawyer Special "Jacqueline Kennedy: In Her Own Words" Tuesday 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
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  • Jacqueline Kennedy Fashion Slideshow

    In spring of 1962, Jacqueline Kennedy traveled to India and Pakistan on a state visit with her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill. "She was certainly very astute, in that a lot of what she wore was easy to decipher and photograph,'' said Steele. "It's something that all politicians and politician wives now understand. She pioneered that."
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    While in India, Jacqueline met Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, wearing a neat sleeveless dress with the 17", 3-strand faux pearl necklace, designed for her by Kenneth Jay Lane. She wore these pearls with many of her ensembles throughout her term as first lady. They were widely copied and women everywhere wore knock-offs of her faux strands.
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  • Jacqueline Kennedy Fashion Slideshow

    Jacqueline Kennedy seemed to have an uncanny sense of her audience, when it came to fashion. In India and Pakistan she wore bright, feminine colors. <p><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Jacqueline_Kennedy/" target="external">Watch the two-hour Diane Sawyer Special "Jacqueline Kennedy: In Her Own Words" Tuesday 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC</a></p>
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  • Jacqueline Kennedy Fashion Slideshow

    "She used the modernity of fashion to imply that her husband's administration was young, modern and forward thinking,'' said Valerie Steele , fashion historian and director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The Kennedys are pictured at a White House dinner hosted in honor of French novelist André Malraux.
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  • Jacqueline Kennedy Fashion Slideshow

    Straying from her more demure pillbox hats, on a trip to Mexico with the president in summer of 1962, Jacqueline Kennedy wore a larger hat that might be a fashionable take on the sombrero. <p><a href="http://abcn.ws/nUqXjP " target="external">Click here to read "Jacqueline Kennedy: In Her Own Words"</a></p>
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  • Jacqueline Kennedy Fashion Slideshow

    Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, wife of the late president, was named to the International Best Dressed List in December 1964. After her husband died, the public's interest in Jacqueline Kennedy and what she did, what she wore, how she raised her children, remained extremely high.
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  • Jacqueline Kennedy Fashion Slideshow

    Even though Jacqueline Kennedy spent her life after the White House shying away from the public eye, her style and glamour continued to captivate the nation. So many of the choices she made, including her fashionable big sunglasses, would be copied by women across the country to this day.
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