Jack and Jackie..Icons of Camelot

16 Jan

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Retailers never miss an opportunity to capitalize on celebrity. The Kennedy White House was without a doubt a gold mind of possibilities. The 60’s was a breath of fresh air across the nation. After decades of old unattractive presidents and first ladies [Mamie Eisenhower] we had a young beautiful couple as leaders of the free world. John F. was a Harvard grad,Pulitzer prize winner and a war hero, the son of an ex Diplomat to England. Raised in Massachusetts his family summered on Cape Cod and played touch football on the lawn,very American and a very eligible bachelor. Jacqueline Bouvier attended Vassar College, (freshman and sophomore years, college)  University of Grenoble and Sorbonne, Paris, France (junior year abroad program through Smith College), George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (senior year, college), B.A. French literature. A very well turned out young woman.

They married in 1953 and founded the Camelot dynasty, Jack the youngest American president cut a dashing hat less figure and Jackie became the epitome of restrained good taste in all things. Every woman in America wanted to emulate the First Lady who adored all things French including her favorite designer Oleg Cassini. The Cassini’s appointment by Jacqueline Kennedy as her exclusive couturier in 1961 dubbed him her “Secretary of Style” and provided him a position of prestige. “We are on the threshold of a new American elegance thanks to Mrs. Kennedy’s beauty, naturalness, understatement, exposure and symbolism,” Cassini said when his selection as the couturier to shape the entire look of the First lady was announced.

It should come as no surprise that enterprising display manufacturers would grab the chance to produce the Jack and Jackie mannequin couple.

Jackie at a fitting

Jackie at a fitting

Not quite Chanel

Not quite Chanel

Jackie moved a lot of Chanel knock-offs

Jackie moved a lot of Chanel knock-offs

JFK and Jackie on 7th ave.

JFK and Jackie on 7th ave.

On the retail campaign trail

On the retail campaign trail

Everyone Loved the Kennedys

Everyone Loved the Kennedy’s

Gone but not forgotten

Gone but not forgotten

 

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One Response to “Jack and Jackie..Icons of Camelot”

  1. Trish Thompson January 16, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Wow, what a brilliant and beautiful President and First Lady they were! With such a sad ending…..

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