PEOPLE's commemorative issue Jackie A Life in Style is available now on Amazon and wherever magazines are sold

By Saleah Blancaflor
March 29, 2019 05:11 PM
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If there’s one woman who embodied the spirit and groundbreaking style of 20th-century America, it was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who died 25 years ago this spring.

In a new commemorative edition on newsstands now, Jackie A Life in Style, PEOPLE brings together all of the former first lady’s most iconic looks — as well as some rarely seen photos.

Even as her first husband, President John F. Kennedy, led the free world, it was Jackie who ruled the the world of fashion.

“She really was the first lady who really had that global impact and represented the United States in such a striking way,” says Cynthia Weber-Cleary, former fashion director of InStyle. “I covered fashion for decades, and I don’t know how many times I read in the notes at a fashion show that it was tribute to Jackie O.”

Also inside: Remembering Jackie’s younger sister Lee Radziwill, another style headliner, who passed away in February. Two of the most famous sisters of their time (perhaps behind only Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret), the Bouviers shared a deep and complicated relationship, one that was tested when Radziwill lost Aristotle Onassis to Jackie.

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
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Jackie’s style developed early, when she was Jacqueline Lee Bouvier — growing up with horse shows, prep schools and debutante balls.

The commemorative edition looks at how she adapted to dressing as a senator’s wife and then as a a young mother in the White House and eventually as a widow who would come to symbolize grace in the face of tragedy.

For just over a thousand days, Jackie was who designers wanted to dress and who American women wanted to emulate. That didn’t change when she left Washington.

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Kate Middleton (left) and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
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Also here, in the 96-page photo-filled issue, is the joyous rebirth of Jackie as a New York book editor and her couture-clad life as the wife of billionaire Aristotle Onassis.

Jackie replaced her pillbox hats and gloves with turtlenecks, headscarves, jeans and bare feet. Those “Jackie O” sunglasses may have afforded her a bit of privacy, but they were, like everything she wore, instantly iconic.

All of those looks seem as fresh as when she wore them in the 60s, 70s and 80s, interpreted on famous Jackie-fans from Princess Kate and Amal Clooney to Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lopez.

“Quite simply, Jackie’s power was to fascinate,” fashion designer Valentino once said. “Her manner crossed the popular with the regal.”

Jackie A Life in Style is available now on Amazon and wherever magazines are sold.

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