This is the dress, made European-born designer Oleg Cassini, that Jackie Kennedy wore to the pre-inaugural ball on January 19, 1961. Notice the cockade—the button surrounded by ribbons. It's a nod to the American Revolution. George Washington used a black cockade. The Marquis de Lafayette, a great aid to Washington, came with a white cockade to which Jackie makes a stylish historical reference. Washington then used black and white ribbon. (You can see the cockade on Washington's hat in the third image in this series. It's in a painting by Charles Wilson Peale, which is from the collection of @crystalbridgesmuseum.) The other dress Jackie wore for the Harper's Bazaar photo session was made by Hubert de Givenchy. This dress recalled hostess dresses of the 1780s. She was very conscious of her role a First Lady. Fashion, culture, and history were her game!
While Jackie loved European designers, the gown she wore to the Inaugural Ball was by an American designer.
Wait! What is that photograph in the lower right corner of the contact sheet about? I’ll tell you tomorrow! –Shannon, photography curator, National Museum of American History
Credit: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy by Richard Avedon. Gift of the Richard Avedon. Catalog number 67.102.71
Enlarged Contact Sheet, Jacqueline Kennedy holding John, Jr. by Richard Avedon, 1961. Gift of Richard Avedon. Catalog number 67.102.53
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