Jackie Style (Anglais) Relié – 24 avril 2001
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From the author of the bestselling Audrey Style
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was known by many names, but to us, she is Jackie. And whether she liked it or not, she was, and still is, the most famous woman in the world.
"No one else looked like her, spoke like her, wrote like her, or was so original in the way she did things," said her brother-in-law Senator Edward Kennedy. Her style -- what made her Jackie -- has been emulated, imitated, even occasionally reviled, but never fully examined. For the first time, this biography details the singular life that made Jackie an icon and contributed so greatly to her enduring appeal. Drawing on original interviews with Valentino, Hubert de Givenchy, Manolo Blahnik, and Oleg Cassini, as well as close friends C. Z. Guest, George Plimpton, and John Loring, and family members such as Joan Kennedy, Hugh D. Auchincloss, and John Davis, this compelling volume brings to life the private Jackie her family and friends loved.
With one hundred rare color and black-and-white photographs and sketches, and never-before-published personal letters, memos, and essays, Jackie Style re-creates not only Jackie's extraordinary history -- fashion being just one part of it -- but the world she came from, the White House she revived, the husband and children she adored, the causes she supported, and, finally, the life she chose to lead.
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First of all, this book is called JACKIE STYLE, but it is really just a popcorn biography. Keogh claims that she has new interviews that reveal new insights about Jackie. Well, tell me, how does the designer Cynthia Rowley saying she admired how Jackie dressed reveal new insights into Jackie, the person, the first lady, and everything that Jackie was and became??????
Then, there is the claim that there is over 100 black and white, and color, photos of Jackie that have never been seen before. Not true; with the exception of 25 or less, all have been published before. And the 25 are not of Jackie, but of her friends, or a date, or a Kennedy.
This book is written well, but is just isn't about her fashion. There are good photos in the bood, and Keogh does have an inviting writing style, even if she tends to sometimes overpraise her subjects, but it is not about Jackie's style.
Known for her "pill box hats" and haute couture fashion, she made a statement that turned heads and influenced people wherever she travelled. She was the 60's version of Princess Diana. The book includes interviews with designers, friends and family and is an inside look at the woman who captivated hearts in every corner of the world. The book takes the reader from her youth to the White House to her marriage to Onassis. During her days as the First Lady, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy rocked the world and blazed a trail that will long be remembered by women who grew up in her era.
It may be difficult for young women today to relate to a trendy woman who reached the peak of her "moment in the sun" almost forty years ago, but for those who do remember her, they will remember her class, unique style and elegance. Even in her final years of ill health, she still managed to radiate that quiet inner beauty which was her trade mark for the best part of her life.
Equally disappointing to me was her absurdly limited use of widely seen images of Mrs. Onassis, who for thirty-five (35) years of her life, particularly with John F. Kennedy's ascendancy to The White House, remained THE most famous woman in the world, (a full generation before Diana, Princess of Wales)begging the question, with all of the hordes of photographers stalking Mrs. Onassis throughout her adult life, WHERE ARE THE PHOTOGRAPHS, did all the photographers participate in a bonfire somewhere???!!! For goodness sakes, Ron Galella, who stalked her for years, published a book of his select images of her in 1974. To this end it is odd when Ms. Keogh herself makes mention of Mrs. Onassis's most famous woman in the world status, yet serves-up such banal use of imagery for public consumption, one can't help but think it was just the compensation she would recieve on the wave of her similar book devoted to Audrey Hepburn. Skip this one folks, there are better books devoted to her style, some old and out of print, while others quite recent, such as "Jacqueline Kennedy In The White house" a paperback from 1963; "The Kennedy White House Parties" by Anne Lincoln, published by Viking in 1967; 'my Life With Jacqueline Kennedy", by her former Secretary, Mary B. Gallagher, 1969; "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years" the ONLY book published largely from Mrs. Onassis's recollections and direction, by Mary V. R. Thayer, published in 1971 by Little Brown & Co; "A Thousand Days of Magic: Dressing Jacqueline Kennedy for The White House" by her Official Couturier, Oleg Cassini; "In The Kennedy Style", by her former Social Secretary, Letitia Baldridge; and this year's two (2) better volumes..."Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years" the catalogue for the current exhibition mounted by the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in conjunction with The John F. Kennedy Library; and the just released "Jackie: The Clothes of Camelot" by Jay Mulvaney a book that is just plain fun, appealing, and visually enjoyable, if not as thorough as one might have hoped, but his enthusiasm for his subject along with his sense-of-humour, make this the missing link so obviously lacking within "Jackie Style"!!!! Wait for "Jackie Style" to hit the bargain stacks, I wish she had compensated me for reading it!!!