Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the pink suit that changed the world


I decided to write about Jackie O. when I found out that Fox Life Portugal was going to screen the miniseries “The Kennedys” that is nominated for 10 Emmy awards. I always liked Jackie O. and her style. You can see in her style the french blood that influenced so much her choices during life. She was the first american first lady to be copied by her people and talked about all over the world. If when married to John Kennedy she adopted a very classic style, after his death we could see her wearing jeans and Hermès scarves in her hair in a more casual lifestyle. There was one piece though, that was her trademark during all the periods of her life: the big black sunglasses. I remember looking for sunnies in my teen years and asking my mother for some Jackie O. ones. 


Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was quite something. Her tragic story allied to her fashion sense made her one of the Divas of America and there is so much to say about her, that on this one post, I decided to keep my focus on the pink suit that changed America's history.
Jackie was famous for her big expenses in European clothes and during her first year in the White House, she spent more on fashion that the annual salary her husband earned as president. Afterwards she was asked to be more modest and to wear American made garments. The pink suit was always said as being Chanel but truth is it was made by the New York dress salon, Chez Ninon. It is said that the fabric, buttons and trim for the jacket came from Maison Chanel in Paris and it was only made in New York to appear patriotic. Others defend that for a matter of costs (almost ten times less) the suit is a copy of the original model.


Before their trip to Texas, John Kennedy asked his wife to choose some classy clothes as she quoted later in an interview: "There are going to be all these rich, Republican women at that lunch... Wearing mink coats and diamond bracelets. And you've got to look as marvelous as any of them. Be simple, show these Texans what good taste really is."
She chose the pink suit that was one of her husband favorites and added the matching pink pillbox hat. They look really happy in the pictures of that tragic day in Dallas and no one would guess what was about to happen. At 12:30 the President was shot in the back seat of a Lincoln Continental just beside  his wife. Jackie got her pink suit completely covered by his blood but she refused to change clothes even when Johnson took the oath of office as president. At the time she said she was doing that because she “want them to see what they have done to Jack”, later she said that she only regretted having cleaned her face from his blood.



The images of that day and that pink suit will remain in the world's conscience forever. As I said the other day, clothes are not just clothes and this is the best example you can have. It's also a demonstration of Jackie O. strength and personality.

You can get to know her better in the miniseries played by Katie Holmes, who was said by Valentino to be remarkably similar to Jackie. From September 12th in Fox Life Portugal. If you are lucky enough to have already seen it, tell me what you thought. I just can't wait!




12 comments:

  1. shame on coiso on mi, que na sabia disto, muito menos o pink blazer. só sabia da parte dos oculos. Obrigado pela aula de história :)

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  2. óptimo post !Adorei saber, sempre tive a impressão que era chanel !

    http://thediariesofmissbad.blogspot.com/

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  3. :D Juro que ao ver o anuncio da série pensei.. Este será sempre o fato mais conhecido de Chanel!!! HAHA Sempre li que o tailleur era Chanel... :|

    Adorei o post, e partilho os sentimentos que falas no inicio... Também eu - apesar de maria-rapaz - sempre quis ser como ela :) Passei toda a minha infância a ver uma mini-série sobre os Kennedy na Hallmark, e já li um livro de Jacqueline Suzanne que se diz ser "inspirado" nos acontecimentos entre a morte de John F Kennedy e o casamento com o Onassis!! (:

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  4. Gostei muito do artigo, o teu ingles e fabuloso(mas estudas em U.K, nao e?). Obrigada pelas informacoes, eu tambem pensava que era Chanel!!!

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  5. Obrigada às meninas! Posts destes dão muito trabalho mas têm muito mais a ver comigo do que apenas colocar fotos de looks.

    Vanda tirei um MA em Bristol em 2008. Foram 10 meses apenas mas deu para melhorar muito o inglês. O blog também ajuda a não enferrujar mas gostava de melhorar muito :)

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  7. Muito interessante, Raquel. Por vários motivos é um vestido que fica para a história. Aliás, logo quando comecei a ler o post (e eu que não acompanho propriamente a moda das first ladies ...) e vi a foto disse para mim: salvo erro era o vestido que ela usava no dia do assassinato de JFK.

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  8. Parabéns!! Continuo assim que vais longe...

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  9. Gostei muito deste post. Parabéns! Quanto à Katie a desempenhar o papel de Jackie... hummmm... não sei.... faltam-lhe condimentos... muito sem sal...

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  10. What a great post! I love Jackie's style! And of course that suit is gorgeous, I love the bright color! Love your blog and now following! Maybe you'll have time to visit my blog!

    Kisses,
    Annabelle
    http://vivaluxury.blogspot.com

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  11. quero mt ver esta serie e concordo. os óculos..grande marca que deixou...e o fatinho de tweed também.. E pronto, se o valentino acha qua a katie é uma boa jackie eu n sou ninguem para o negar de até concordo :P *

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  12. Raquel,

    Desde já um "Olá" de Londres. As tuas dicas para o tempo de cá foram utéis sem dúvida. Sempre que possível gostava que voltasses a dar mais, é sempre bom ter alguém que perceba este tempo inconstante numa cidade tão única.

    A série - já a vi e adorei! Às vezes perde-se um bocado na linha da história mas no fundo, aquilo que verdadeiramente procuram retratar fazem-no na maior das perfeições. A época, as pessoas, as vidas...uma geração que ficou marcada pelo assassinato da família mais cherished pela América. Gostei muito.

    Espero que continues a encantar-nos com este teu blog que tanto gosto.

    Um beijinho,
    Ines

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