Gray Dress and Overblouse

MO 63.1291a-b
Gray Dress and Overblouse
Hubert de Givenchy (French, born 1927)
ca. 1959
Double-knit wool, silk
Top: 16 1/2" center back; Skirt:39" center back
A dress and overblouse in a slate gray wool jersey with a bow at the waist. The overblouse has a neckline that was cut to stand up and away from the shoulder blades and a deep bias band at the hem that impedes its fall. The layering without bulk is achieved by "shrugging" the overblouse over the dress's silk top.
This dress was worn by Jacqueline Kennedy during John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign.
Image copyright (C) John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.