She personified elegance and style - and, as these rare and wonderful photos show, Jackie Kennedy Onassis was clearly a woman at ease in the glare of the cameras.
To celebrate the upcoming anniversary of the day she became a Kennedy (Sept. 12), LIFE.com is presenting rare outtakes from its coverage of JFK's stunning wife. The gallery will contain photos of Jackie taken during the couple's 10 years together: on her wedding day, on the campaign trail, and more.
Wearing her grandmother's rose-point lace veil, 24-year-old Jacqueline Lee Bouvier is pictured smiling on the day of her wedding to Sen. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, on Sept. 12, 1953.
But despite her obvious joy, the day came with its fair share of stresses for young Jackie.
Her father had gotten drunk in his hotel room and missed the ceremony entirely, and at the reception she faced a receiving line of 1,200 high-profile guests.
But as she stands with her new husband at the Hammersmith Farm in Newport, R.I., dressed in an ivory silk taffeta gown, delicate gloves, and a single, elegant strand of pearls, she displays the grace under pressure that would serve her well in later years.
The second photo featured here shows Jackie looking straight-to-camera at a New York City campaign event.
One possible explanation for her perfect poise: the young Jacqueline Bouvier had been a reporter/photographer — her column was called the "Inquiring Camera Girl" — for the Washington Times-Herald newspaper, asking the same question of several strangers and taking their pictures.
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JACKIE KENNEDY EXCLUSIVE: Our Favorite Unpublished Frames - To celebrate the upcoming anniversary of the day she became a Kennedy (Sept. 12), LIFE presents rare outtakes from our famous coverage of JFK's stunning, stylish wife. See photos of Jackie taken during the couple's 10 years together: on her wedding day, on the campaign trail, and more. Pictured: Jackie smiles beside a small private plane she used in 1960 during her husband's presidential campaign, her smart bag perched on the wing.
Jackie on Her Wedding Day - Sept. 12, 1953: Wearing her grandmother's rose-point lace veil, 24-year-old Jacqueline Lee Bouvier is the picture of perfection on the day of her wedding to Sen. John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The day surely must have had its stresses for young Jackie — her father had gotten drunk in his hotel room and missed the ceremony entirely, and at the reception she faced a receiving line of 1,200 high-profile guests — but as she stands with her new husband at the Hammersmith Farm in Newport, R.I., dressed in an ivory silk taffeta gown, delicate gloves, and a single, elegant strand of pearls, she displays the grace under duress that would serve her well in later years.
The Kennedys in Massachusetts -Flash-forward seven years: It’s July 1960, and Jackie Kennedy has cemented her iconic look — sleeveless A-line, pillbox hat, gloves, bouffant 'do. Here, at a Massachusetts airport, she holds flowers over her bump — she is pregnant with John Jr. — as she welcomes JFK home following his trip to Los Angeles to accept the Democratic Party's nomination for president. </a>
The Campaign Wife - At the Massachusetts airport, Jackie stands in the center of a swirl of excitement, as Sen. Kennedy's constituents angle for a glimpse of the man who would be president. Though she'd missed John's triumphant trip to L.A., on doctor's orders that she stay close to home during her pregnancy, Jackie did what she could from her living room, where she taped TV appearances and even wrote a syndicated newspaper column called "Campaign Wife."
John and Jackie Greet Supporters -Photographer Paul Schutzer, who covered Kennedy's campaign extensively for LIFE, captures the couple in an exuberant moment. It's an image that, like many others taken during this time, is eerily suggestive of that horrific day in Dallas three years later, when Jackie rode in an open car with her husband for the last time.
An Unguarded Moment - At home in 1960, Jackie offers LIFE magazine a rare glimpse of her private life, seeming to relax for Alfred Eisenstaedt's camera.
In the Trench - Outfitted for a rainy afternoon at the beach, Jackie kneels down to comfort little Caroline: One hand soothes the girl; the other holds a chic, floral-design headscarf in place. Though disappointed she was unable to accompany John on most of his campaign tour, Jackie was happy to spend most of her time with their daughter. Noted LIFE: "Her scrapbook contains few clippings; one is a convention story headlined 'It's Kennedy!' and another is titled 'Caroline's Turtles Place Second in Pet Show.'" See more photos of Jackie and her children.
In the Air With Mrs. Kennedy - Inside the small plane, Jackie chats with a reporter (not pictured) during a flight from Hyannis Port to Boston. With her ubiquitous pearls obscured inside the collar of her dress, for once another piece of jewelry — a chunky bracelet — takes center stage.
Among the Masses - "When Jackie was traveling with us, the size of the crowd at every stop was twice as big as it would have been if Jack was alone," JFK aide Dave Powers once said.
Not a Hair Out of Place - Jackie in close-up, October 1960. "Her bouffant hairdo is becoming a by-word in beauty salons," wrote LIFE in January 1961, and "despite herself, [Jackie] is becoming the nation's No. 1 fashion influence." Fifty years later, her style is still referenced: Just take a look at Michelle Obama’s similarly pumped-up hair and pearls. (See First Lady style through the years.)
A Woman of Influence - New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner Jr. seeks an audience with Mrs. Kennedy in October 1960 at a campaign event. Among the other powerful men she would later charm as first lady: Nikita Khrushchev and Charles de Gaulle.
Aware of the Camera - Jackie is straight-to-camera at the New York City campaign event. One possible explanation for her perfect poise in front of flashbulbs: The young Jacqueline Bouvier had been a reporter/photographer — the "Inquiring Camera Girl," as her column was called — for the Washington Times-Herald newspaper, asking the same question of several strangers and taking their pictures.
Sitting Pretty - In New York City, Jackie sits on the steps of a campaign bus, chatting with Mayor Wagner. By the time of JFK's inauguration three months later, pillboxes were all the rage in New York, selling for as much as $70 in hat shops (that's more than $400 in today's dollars). Meanwhile, previously unknown models who even vaguely resembled Jackie suddenly found their schedules booked.
The Candidates' Wives - Jackie, bathed in light inside the Kennedy family mansion, stands beside Lyndon Johnson's wife Lady Bird in July 1960. The two women would share a devastating moment three years later in Dallas, when Jackie, refusing to take off the pink Chanel suit stained with her dead husband's blood, repeated to Lady Bird the same thing she'd told others: "I want them to see what they have done."
Courting Votes - The handsome couple wave to crowds in New York.
A Turning Point - Jackie watches from backstage as her husband goes head-to-head with the Republican candidate, Richard M. Nixon, during one of the four historic televised presidential debates that were key to Kennedy’s win: He appeared young, relaxed, and fit, while his opponent looked overtired and sweaty.
Some Alone Time - On the morning after her husband was elected the 35th President of the United States, as jubilant family members celebrated back at the Kennedy mansion, eight-months-pregnant Jackie steals a moment of privacy, going for a walk on the beach at Hyannis Port.
An Evening Out - Jackie selected the designer Oleg Cassini to create many pieces in her wardrobe, including her hats, her bags, and this gorgeous gown, which she wore to an inaugural concert in January 1961. (Just two months after giving birth to John Jr., she is stunningly slim.) The new first lady, however, designed her own inauguration ball gown; according to LIFE, it made her "resemble both a fairy princess at a fancy dress ball and a little girl enjoying her first party."
'Jackie Ki Jai!' - "Hail Jackie!" the crowds in India cried during the first lady's March 1962 visit. Pictured: Jackie sits with Indira Gandhi (out of frame — the bottom of her sari is visible at left). Days after she departed, LIFE reported, "people still called her Ameriki Rani, Queen of America." See more photos from Jackie’s trip to India.
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