Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years

September 15, 2001 - February 28, 2002

Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years – Selections from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum portrayed the accomplishments and influence of Jacqueline Kennedy as the First Lady. The materials for the exhibition were drawn almost exclusively from the extensive collections housed in the John F. Kennedy Library. Other materials in the exhibition were on loan from Caroline Kennedy. 

While the special exhibition specifically featured 70 of Jacqueline Kennedy’s original costumes and accessories she wore at state events, it also presented original documents, photographs, film and objects associated with her historical role in the restoration of the White House, her contribution to its collection of art and historical furnishings, her support of the arts, her leadership in historic preservation, and her work as a traveling ambassador. 

The exhibition featured clothing worn by Jacqueline Kennedy on the campaign trail, during the inaugural festivities, at the White House itself, and on state visits around the world. 

Hamish Bowles, European editor-at-large of Vogue, served as creative consultant to the exhibition.