With the Cannes Film Festival fully underway, word has come out that Natalie Portman has signed on to play Jackie Kennedy Onassis in an upcoming biopic titled "Jackie," which spans the four days following President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Though this project seems promising on a number of levels — Darren Aronofsky, who directed Portman in "Black Swan," is producing it — it's worth getting on your radars for the costuming alone.
A rep for Aronofsky confirmed the news to Fashionista. Pablo Larrain, whose film "No" was nominated for an Oscar back in 2012, will be directing the movie.
While any film about a style icon like Jackie Kennedy would be interesting from a costuming standpoint, fashion played a particularly poignant role in the wake of her husband's death; at Lyndon B. Johnson's swearing-in and on the plane back to Washington, she refused to take off the pink Chanel suit, stained with President Kennedy's blood, that she was wearing when he was shot. On the suit's preservation in the National Archives, Cathy Horyn wrote in 2013 that "if there is a single item that captures both the shame and the violence that erupted that day, and the glamour and artifice that preceded it, it is Jackie Kennedy’s bloodstained pink suit."
This is going to be one hell of a research project for the film's costume designer. We'll be watching to see how it shapes up.
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