Haute Historian. Fashion in the White House

November 12, 2008 • Fashion


Bonnie J Brown for Second City Style Magazine

Let’s just for a second play six degrees of separation with soon to be First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. It’s easy enough and, as you may be able to guess, it will lead to a much loved topic of mine, fashion.

Degree 1: Michelle Obama wore a stunning red and black Narciso Rodriguez dress during last Tuesday night’s election rally.

Degree 2: Narciso Rodriguez designed Caroline Bessette-Kennedy’s wedding dress in 1996.

Degree 3: Caroline Bessette-Kennedy was married to John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Degree 4: John F. Kennedy, Jr. is the son of former First Lady, Jackie Kennedy.

So I fibbed a bit, it was four degrees not six, but who’s counting
when you have two first ladies who are connected through fashion? While
it is entirely too early and completely debatable whether or not
Michelle Obama is in the running to be a future fashion icon or not, it is not to soon to look at Jackie Kennedy and see how her clothing choices brought fashion into the White House.

It may be hard to imagine, but fashion today is not what it was in
1960’s America. American women, while concerned with how they looked,
had many more concerns then which designer labels to wear and which
not. One reason for this was most fashion houses and designers were
still in Europe and hardly any here in the U.S., putting designer
fashion far from one’s mind. However, Jackie Kennedy was not an
American born woman, she was French. Being born French and wearing
French designers is great if you’re an every day French woman, but not
when it’s 1961 and you’re the First Lady of the United States, that is,
in fact, a big no-no.
So as to not create a great big ruckus for herself or the president, Jackie gave up her much beloved Hubert de Givenchy gowns (for most of the time, at least) and hired French-American designer, Oleg Cassini to create her wardrobe as first lady.

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One Response to Haute Historian. Fashion in the White House

  1. Kelley D. Woods says:

    The first dress is AMAZING!…

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