If you haven’t seen the movie Jackie staring Natalie Portman yet, run don’t walk. It is incredible! The acting, costumes, and interior design are certain to be award winning. I have always admired Jackie Kennedy’s elegant and timeless pale blue White House bedroom and dressing room, and I loved seeing how it was painstakingly recreated in the movie.
In 1961, Jackie began her highly documented restoration of the White House. Collector Henry Francis du Pont was consulted on the antiques and interior designer Sister Parish for the decor. After clashing with Sister, Jackie brought in French designer Stéphane Boudin to make adjustments. According to Architectural Digest, Stéphane found Sister’s ideas much too “bourgeois” and redesigned everything. He designed luscious silk draperies with extravagant trim, and he suggested a new headboard, painted wood in a Louis XVI style. All traces of Sister Parish were erased from Jackie’s dressing room. However, the transformation was interrupted by President Kennedy’s assassination. For the Jackie the movie, production designer Jean Rabasse consulted extensive documentation, blueprints, and archival photography to recreate the White House as it was showcased in the 1962 CBS tour.