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Pop culture expert can discuss cultural significance of Jackie Kennedy

By Cheryl Walker
336.758.5237
April 22, 2004

David Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University and author of the 2003 book “Shooting Kennedy: JFK and the Culture of Images,” can comment on the cultural significance of Jackie Kennedy as the 10th anniversary of her death approaches.

In his book, Lubin explores Jackie Kennedy’s impact on American culture particularly in the 1950s and early 1960s by examining some of the most famous images of her.

“Jacqueline Kennedy, to many Americans, signified cultural sophistication—more specifically French sophistication,” Lubin says.

Lubin can comment on the legendary pink Chanel suit she wore on the day of John F. Kennedy’s death. “In 1963, the item of apparel known as the Chanel suit was just about as solid a symbol of bourgeois female chic as could be found anywhere in the Western world,” he says.

After the assassination, Kennedy would not change her blood-spattered clothes. “Keeping that clothing on was completely consistent with her realization that clothing is a medium of expression, and she wanted to say something to the world.”

David Lubin can be reached at 336-758-6013 or lubin@wfu.edu. He can also be reached through the Wake Forest News Service at 336-758-5237.


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