1956 classic Kennedy style/....before affairs and deceit. How hard to maintain an apparent "perfect" marriage in the press & in front of the public, when you KNOW your husband is attracted to many women and has been unfaithful.
"The Kennedys gave dinner dances -a half-dozen in less than three years -where waiters carried large trays filled with cocktails like the Cuba libre, a combination of rum, Coca-Cola, and lime juice. "They served the drinks in enormous tumblers," recalled George Plimpton. "Everybody had too much to drink, because they were excited."
By the time she became Mrs John F Kennedy in 1953 she had already become a fashion icon to women all over the world. Her chic and timeless voluminous ivory silk taffeta gown, by Ann Lowe, affirmed her status. A portrait neckline and wide, embellished skirt emphasized Jackie’s small waist, and an heirloom lace Juliet veil, which originally belonged to her grandmother, completed the super-romantic ensemble
Shortly after they were married, Jackie, an avid amateur artist herself, bought her husband a paint set.
Jackie selected the designer Oleg Cassini to create many pieces in her wardrobe, including her hats, her bags, and this gorgeous gown, which she wore to an inaugural concert in January 1961. (Just two months after giving birth to John Jr., she is stunningly slim.) The new first lady, however, designed her own inauguration ball gown; according to LIFE, it made her "resemble both a fairy princess at a fancy dress ball and a little girl enjoying her first party."