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Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis entranced not just Americans but people around the world with her artistic and elegant sense of style. Featuring more than 300 photographs, Jay Mulvaney's Jackie: The Clothes of Camelot celebrates Jackie's clean and simple look.
The book is divided into sections, including "Early Fashion Influences," "Gowns for State Events," and "Mrs. Onassis and the Post-Camelot Years." It not only chronicles Jackie's evolving flair for fashion; Jackie: The Clothes of Camelot includes anecdotes from her daughter, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg; designer Oleg Cassini; and her White House chief of staff and social secretary, Letitia Baldrige, among others, who provide the personal and political context behind each photo.
Accompanying a photograph of Jackie at a formal dinner at the Schonbrunn Palace marking the Vienna Summit, for example, is an intriguing anecdote about Jackie's encounter with Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev. Not knowing what to discuss with him, she decided on the innocuous subject of dogs and revealed that she loved Russian breeds. When Khrushchev sent her a dog as a gift, President Kennedy was furious, believing that Jackie had allowed the Soviets to gain a political advantage.
The book also documents Jackie's close relationship with her sister, Lee Radziwill, who was her biggest fashion rival. At one point, Jackie writes to her Parisian clothing scout, Letizia Mowinckel, "What I really appreciate most of all is you letting me know before Lee about the treasures. Please always do that -- now that she knows you are my 'scout,' she is slipping in there before me. So this fall, do let me know about the prettiest things first." No fashionista is always perfect, however, and Mulvaney includes some of Jackie's rare mistakes.
As the last page of Jackie: The Clothes of Camelot is turned, it is indisputable that Jackie will forever remain a fashion icon. (Soozan Baxter)