26TH MARCH 2017
The Most Influential Fashion Icon Of All Time?
BY J.S. VON DACRE
“There are two kinds of women, those who want power in the world and those who want power in bed.” ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
In an era where the title “style guru” is delegated to just about anyone, the reality is that very few of these “icons” will become legendary. And when it comes to fashion and legends, there are few who can rival Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Natalie’s Portman’s latest film “Jackie” has sparked the resurrection of her fashion status amongst a younger generation. Yet, unbeknownst to most of Generation Z, Jackie has been the backbone of a lot of the fashion and accessories they have donned for their entire adulthood.
Her poise, class and grace made her far more than iconic; she has become almost mythical amongst designers and celebrities for over fifty years. From her early days as a debutante, to her time as the President’s wife, to her later years, her unwavering influence on fashion remains as impactful today as it was when she was alive.
Many in similar spotlights such as Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama, Princess Diana, and Melania Trump, have copied her timeless wardrobe. Nor did Jackie’s sense of style simply end with her; it also extended to her children, John and Caroline, who often had clothes that matched hers. Again, she was ahead of her time in setting another trend that has grown popular with celebrity children of today.
Jackie was known for her love of well-known designers such as Dior, Gucci, Hermes, Chanel, Givenchy and Valentino. In her first year as the First Lady, she reportedly spent $45,446 more on clothes than the $100,000 her husband earned as president.
But a distinguishing moment to her style came when she worked with designer Oleg Cassini. She often provided Cassini with sketches and samples of fabric for designs. Together, they would create more classic looks to perpetuate a new conception of All-American class.
Her definitive style still resonates today–from the catwalks of Milan to the high street stores. Jackie’s signature is still firmly etched in every oversized sunglasses, scarf, shift dress and princess coat worn by Generation Z. And there remains little doubt that her effortless grace will continue to be emulated by future generations.