“The Kennedy’s”, an 8-part miniseries starring Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy, debuted last night on the Reelz channel. At one time it looked like the powerful Kennedy family would block the show completely, incensed by the family’s portrayal and the lack of historical accuracy. But it went ahead and now we’ve had our first view of Jackie Kennedy – later the style icon, Jackie Onassis.
It seems that the costumes are the things to get most excited about. The show’s costume designer, Christopher Hargadon, has spoken about transforming Katie Holmes into Jackie Kennedy. He described the pair as physically similar, although the equestrian and expert swimmer, Jackie, had broader shoulders.
The pink suit we all know from our TV screens as the one that Jackie wore on that fateful day in 1963 when JFK was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, was recreated for Katie by Giorgio Armani. Apparently, the fashion house actually asked to make the clothes for Holmes. That involved 40-50 different outfits in total. When they were told that the clothes needed to be made in about six weeks they downgraded their offer to make two of the outfits! So, her famous pink suit and an ultra-chic white satin inaugural gown were made by Armani.
Hargadon said that the costume team on the show sourced vintage outfits where possible and where those were unavailable, they got more creative. One dress in particular, an Oleg Cassini was made of straw raffia. He became obsess with finding the right fabric but he couldn’t. Then he found some vintage French ribbon lace, stripped it, painted it, washed it and gave it a slight pink tint but he was very pleased with the results.
So, we don’t care if the drama is historically accurate or not, we just can’t wait to see the outfits!