It’s a busy season for Kennedy nostalgia, what with the 50th anniversary of his inauguration, the debut of the JFK Library’s digital archive, and the scrapping of an ill-conceived biopic. Of course some people were looking forward to the flick in the hopes of some stylish scenes, historical accuracy be damned. Amid all the hoopla however it’s been overlooked that a bona fide JFK film just came out – albeit tucked in the back of a book. We’re talking about Portrait of Camelot: A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House by Richard Reeves with photos by Cecil W. Stoughton, which comes complete with a DVD of never-before-seen film footage.
It’s great stuff (though sans dialogue), focusing on personal rather than presidential occasions, including several scenes from Hyannis Port – and in particular Jack playing golf there in bright yellow go-to-hell pants; the America’s Cup in 1962 (more on that later); Kennedy family Palm Beach holidays; horsing around in Middleburg, Virginia; and jaunts aboard JFK’s yacht the Honey Fitz. Of course the 500 photos in the book are equally appealing, a few classics and several lesser-known snaps, with plenty of sartorial details to focus on (see below). The publisher, Abrams, kindly allowed us to share these images with you, but it’s no substitute for acquiring the actual book – and DVD – for your style library.
Jared Paul Stern writes the Classicist column for Luxist