Giorgio Armani Designed Katie Holmes’ Chanel Suit for ‘The Kennedys’


Jacqueline Kennedy  Katie Holmes pink chanel suit

Photos: Getty Images; © 2010 Kennedys Productions (Ontario) Inc. and Zak Cassar

Jacqueline Kennedy in the original pink Chanel suit (left) and Katie Holmes in the replica version designed by Giorgio Armani (right)

It was no small feat to recreate the wardrobe of veritable style legend Jacqueline Kennedy for the miniseries The Kennedys, but costume designer Christopher Hargadon had some high-profile help: Giorgio Armani.

The twist? Armani recreated a pink suit for actress Katie Holmes—a suit originally designed by Chanel.

“It was actually done for Katie by [Giorgio] Armani,” Hargadon told StyleList. “She and Tom [Cruise] have a relationship with Armani, and when they found out she was doing the project, they asked to make her clothes. So we told them she would need 45 or 50 looks for all the episodes and they had to be done in about 72 days. They came back and said, ‘Then, we’d like to do two.’ So they made that and her inaugural gown. The rest were made in our workshop in Toronto.”

The Chanel suit, worn by the real Jackie in Dallas on November 22, 1963 (the date of her husband’s assassination), and Armani’s replica are strikingly similar, from the pink bouclé to the gold buttons and black collar and piping.

Sure, the rumor mill has pointed to Alber Elbaz or Haider Ackermann to succeed Karl Lagerfeld when he retires from the Chanel throne, but it looks like Armani’s got the style down pat.

We wonder what the Kaiser thinks of Armani’s handiwork?



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