Film Costume Review — The Kennedys

The real boucle suit versus the lurid pink poly recreation...

This coming Sunday is the finale of the television series ‘The Kennedys.’ Admittedly I turned the series off half way through episode one because the production reeked of cheapness. The worst offender in the costuming department was the obvious use of vintage clothes that were often misdated and incomplete off-the-rack frocks, inappropriate for styling the wealthy and socially prominant Kennedy clan.

The bulk of the costume budget seems to have been spent on recreating some of Jacqueline Kennedy’s wardrobe, but when it comes to the famous pink boucle suit worn on November 22, 1963, the most important outfit in the entire show, the correct boucle was not found and an off-colour poly blend was substituted. The talent existed to recreate the suit nearly identically in pattern, but the lack of funds resulted in a cheap fabric substitute. The scale of the film should have been reduced to match the budget because the costuming was stretched too thin and is full of errors. The Kennedys gets 4/10

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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