The eyes of the world were focused on the young wife of the U.S. Presidential candidate. She was beautiful, intelligent, cultured, and loved expensive clothes. Her confidence and individuality, reflected in her clothing choices, created an utter stir on the political stage. Although she wore the traditional pearl necklace, it somehow looked more sophisticated on her than on any other Presidential candidate’s wife before her. She shunned the matronly housewife look and dared to wear sleeveless sheath dresses and fashionable coats with oversized buttons. In effect, she signaled an end to the conservative dressing styles of the 1950s and set a new standard for fashion that is still followed today.
Jackie Kennedy 1960
Jackie Kennedy on the campaign trail in 1960.
Jackie Kennedy at a campaign dinner 1960.
Jackie Kennedy watches the now-legendary televised debate between the Republican presidential candidate, Richard Nixon, and her husband, John F. Kennedy, 1960.
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The mayor of New York City, Robert Wagner Jr., speaks to Jackie Kennedy during a campaign dinner in 1960.
Between 7 and 8 months pregnant with John Jr., Jackie campaigns with her husband JFK.
Jackie watches the DNC from the Kennedy home in Hyannisport, MA.
Jackie Kennedy with her husband JFK at Hyannisport in 1959.
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