Itâ€™s a busy season for Kennedy nostalgia, what with the 50th anniversary of his inauguration, the debut of the JFK Libraryâ€™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 itâ€™s been overlooked that a bona fide JFK film just came out â€“ albeit tucked in the back of a book. Weâ€™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.
Itâ€™s great stuff (though sans dialogue), focusing on personal rather than presidential occasions, including several scenes from Hyannis Port â€“ and in particular Jack playing golf there in bright yellow go-to-hell pants; the Americaâ€™s Cup in 1962 (more on that later); Kennedy family Palm Beach holidays; horsing around in Middleburg, Virginia; and jaunts aboard JFKâ€™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 itâ€™s no substitute for acquiring the actual book â€“ and DVD â€“ for your style library.
JaredÂ Paul Stern writes theÂ Classicist column for Luxist