Clooney copies Jackie Kennedy's style, will we be seeing First Lady Amal soon?

Published June 23rd, 2016 - 11:20 GMT
Human rights lawyer, 38, appears to be styling herself on wife of JFK. (Yahoo)
Human rights lawyer, 38, appears to be styling herself on wife of JFK. (Yahoo)

She's the most stylish President's wife to ever set foot in the White House and her legacy as a fashion inspiration endures two decades after her death.

So if rumours of George Clooney's presidential ambitions are true, future First Lady Amal could do worse than to model herself on Jackie Kennedy. 

And she certainly seems to be doing just that, stepping out in a range of classic skirt suits and ethereal ball gowns that look as if they could have come straight from the Kennedy wardrobe. 



Human rights lawyer Amal, 38,  made her most recent high profile appearance on the red carpet in Cannes, wearing a floaty yellow silk gown by Atelier Versace.

The one shoulder dress was not unlike the Oleg Cassini yellow silk evening gown with an overlay of crepe chiffon worn by Jackie Kennedy at a state dinner for the Tunisian president Habib Bourguiba in 1961 - her first in the White House. 

The resemblance between their outfits was certainly not a one-off coincidence.  

Whether consciously or not, Amal certainly seems to take inspiration from the wife of President Kennedy for her work wear. 

For a meeting with Culture Minister Kostas Tasoulas in Athens to advise the Greek government on how to convince Britain to return the Elgin Marbles in October 2014, she wore a white Chanel suit and carried a black Prada handbag. 

She could easily have been mistaken for Jackie Kennedy arriving at San Antonio airport during a campaign tour of Texas in 1963.  

Last year she visited the Sri Lankan capital Colombo to campaign for the release of former president Mohamed Nasheed who was jailed in the Maldives.

She wore a pink lurex-tweed skirt suit by Giambattista Valli which was very similar to what is, perhaps, Jackie Kennedy's best known outfit - the skirt suit she was wearing the day her husband was assassinated.

Many assumed it was a Chanel design, but it was in fact made by Chez Ninon, a Park Avenue salon that created many of her clothes, the pink suit was modeled off a Chanel runway design.

To appear patriotic - by buying her garments from the US rather than France - the fabric, buttons and trim for the suit came from Chanel in Paris. 

But it was fitted for Mrs Kennedy at Chez Ninon using Chanel's 'line for line' system, according to Justine Picardie's 2010 authorized biography of Coco Chanel.

Karl Lagerfeld later confirmed Mrs Picardie's claims, saying: 'In 1963 it was. . . a line-by-line copy. She did have real Chanels, [but] her sister ordered them. We have all the proof.'

Although it has been accused of being a Chanel 'knock-off' by many, Mrs Picardie insists that the suit was not forged.

Jackie Kennedy wore the suit at least six times, including on a 1962 visit to London and that same year to greet the prime minister of Algeria.

Last month, Amal took her Jackie Kennedy look to new heights by wearing a vintage Balenciaga haute couture coat dress from the 1960s.

She purchased the coat from online designer vintage clothing retailer William Vintage, and wore it on her way home from a visit to Rome with George.

Of course, Jackie Kennedy wore many similar coats during her time as First Lady in the '60s including an elegant cream jacket on a visit to India in 1962.

The classic piece was similar in style to the coat dress Jackie Kennedy wore to view the St Patrick's Day parade in New York in 1966.

Even before her wedding to George in October 2104, Amal was showcasing her future First Lady style. 

She was spotted out and about in London in a powder pink, capped sleeve dress by Paule Ka with bow detailing.

The style was reminiscent of an apricot Cassini dress Jackie Kennedy wore while visiting the Maharaj of Mewar on a trip to India in March 1962.  

Paule Ka is one of Amal's favourites, and she wore a coral suit by the French designer with floral Oscar de la Renta pumps to the End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London in June 2014.

Yet again she was channeling Jackie who had a similar look in a Chez Ninon Two-Piece Day Dress in February 1962 for a televised tour of The White House.

And when Amal arrived at Doughty Street Chambers for a press conference in January this year, wearing another red suit - this time by Dolce and Gabbana, it was also a nod to the first lady of style. 

Jackie Kennedy wore a similar red wool suit by designer Oleg Cassini and matching beret during a state visit to Canada in 1961. 

Check out all the outfit comparisons here.

By Siofra Brennan 

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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