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Jackie Kennedy grew up as a privileged girl from Southampton, New York. Growing up her mother dressed her in the most beautiful wool coats and taffeta dresses. Her high fashion sense has been retained over the years. While her husband’s presidency, she was looked up to as the best dressed woman all over the world. Her most famous frocks were made by family friend, Oleg Cassini. Jackie was known for wearing suits hemmed to the knee, three-quarter sleeve jackets, elbow length gloves and pillbox hats. The overnight trend became known as the ‘Jackie look.’ Many of her other dresses were Chanel, Givenchy and Dior. Her most famous but, most sad outfit, was the pink Chanel suit worn on November 22, 1963. This outfit is known across the world. Since that day, the outfit was never cleaned and has been in safe keeping and is said to may be released for show this year, the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. After her husband’s death, her style was no longer as modest and was seen wearing wide-leg pants, silk Hermes head scarves, and large, dark sunglasses. Through out her lifetime, she has accumulated a great amount of priceless jewelry. Some of her pieces, were a three-strand pearl necklace, 'the berry brooch’ a brooch that had ruby strawberries and diamond leaves, and her Van Cleef & Arpels wedding ring given to her by her husband. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis has left a legacy of almost all of the trends of the 60’s and is the most famous and influential First ladies in history. 

Happy Fashion Icon Friday! Love, NIna

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Grace Kelly was born in Philadelphia and raised as a Catholic. She went to Ravenhill Academy, a prestigious Catholic girls school, there she modeled for many events and had roles in all the school’s plays. Her father didn’t approve of her choice to act but, to much of his despair she went on to acting. She was admitted into American Academy of Dramatic Arts with the help of her uncle, George Kelly, a famous actor at the time. Her film career sky-rocketed starting from September of 1951 and continued until March of 1956. While her film career, she starred in eleven films. In 1955, she went to the Cannes Film Festival and met Prince Rainier of Monaco. Their relationship was kept secret until the day of their engagement. A year after they met, she became Princess Grace of Monaco at Saint Nicholas Cathedral. Her gown became a symbol of elegance and ‘Grace.’  Her dress was made by Helen Rose, a designer for MGM studios and took thirty-six seamstresses for six weeks. The whole ensemble included a headdress, veil, shoes, and a lace and pearl encrusted prayer book she brought down the aisle. Princess Grace and Prince Rainier went on to having three children, Caroline, Albert II, and Stephanie. Starting with her pregnancy with Princess Caroline, Grace was seen carrying an Hermes bag which was later named after her and called the 'Kelly bag.’ Unfortunately, in September of 1982, she was driving with her daughter Stephanie and while driving she suffered a stroke and caused her car to go down a mountainside. She died the next day at the Monaco Hospital. Princess Grace has left many legacies, especially in the fashion world. She has and always will be remembered as a portrait of 'grace.’

Happy Fashion Icon Friday! Love, Nina