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Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years    by Hamish Bowles order for
Jacqueline Kennedy
by Hamish Bowles
Order:  USA  Can
Bulfinch, 2001 (2001)
Hardcover, Softcover

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* * *   Reviewed by Jessica Weaver

Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years is a gorgeous coffee-table book produced to accompany a display at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. The volume is filled to the brim with articles discussing Jackie's influence on the style of the White House, her feelings about her husband's campaign and presidency, and thoughts from friends - especially designer friends.

The main body of the book features photographs of Jackie's outfits from the years of her husband's campaign and presidency. From her regal cream gown for the inauguration to the many bright suits she wore around the world, each costume is explained in detail. The reader sees the photograph of the outfit as well as a picture of Jackie in the outfit. Both color and black-and-white photos are scattered throughout the volume. Two-page black-and-whites give the book the Hollywood glamour for which Jackie was famous.

It's easy to see why Jackie remained such an icon and why so many still try to achieve that Jackie O style. Her couture style embraced clean, simple lines and rich fabrics. Many of the outfits scattered throughout the book would easily still be in style today. This beautiful text truly brings the reader to know why Jackie became an icon. The White House Years would make a beautiful gift for anyone interested in Jackie's life.

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