Jackie, Diana and Grace: Three New Films, Three Icons of Style

Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy, Dean R. Owen
Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy, Dean R. Owen

The word “icon” is thrown about somewhat haphazardly these days, but it can hardly be considered hyperbole when used to describe three of the most famous women in modern history: Jacqueline Kennedy, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco. It is interesting to note that there are three new films opening within months of each other about these influential women, each of whom made an indelible mark on fashion and jewelry styles throughout the last half of the 20th century.

Here, in order of the films’ opening dates, are sneak peeks:


Jacqueline Kennedy Crystal Sunburst Pin
Jacqueline Kennedy Crystal Sunburst Pin
available through QVC

Parkland chronicles the chaotic events at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. In this docudrama, which opened on October 4, Kat Steffens has a supporting role as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. The stars of Parkland are Zac Efron, who plays the young doctor on duty that fateful day; Billy Bob Thornton, who portrays a Secret Service agent; and Paul Giamatti, who is cast as Abraham Zapruder — the man who shot the most famous home movie in history.

The looming 50th anniversary of the November 22, 1963 assassination has prompted a spate of new books, films, collections and exhibits about all things JFK and Jackie. The profile of the First Lady that appears on smithsonianstore.com says it all:

“JACKIE KENNEDY: TRANSCENDENT STYLE ICON: So extraordinary, the world still knows her by her first name. So stylish, her fashion choices—oversized sunglasses, glass pearls, statement jewelry, a simple tank watch—are as on-trend today as in the heyday of Camelot. Many of Jackie’s personal items, including gowns and her signature faux pearls, are part of The First Ladies, an exhibit at the National Museum of American History.”

Naomi Watts as Diana, Princess of Wales
Naomi Watts as Diana, Princess of Wales
from the Movie, Diana


This biopic, in theaters on November 1, is set in the mid-‘90s, during the last two years of Princess Diana’s life. It centers on her reported love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan. During her secret rendezvous, Diana, played by Naomi Watts, is still wearing her wedding ring from Prince Charles, though not the famous sapphire and diamond engagement ring which set off a worldwide trend. Expect to see not only glittering gowns and state jewels but also the casual blazer-and-jeans styles the princess favored in her private hours.

Cartier recreated these Grace Kelly favorites for the film Grace of Monaco
Cartier recreated these Grace Kelly favorites for the film, Grace of Monaco

Grace of Monaco

Grace Kelly Wearing Cartier
in Monaco 1963
Photo Courtesy of TheJewelryEditor.com

Opening in March, this is the story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly’s crisis of marriage and identity during a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle in the early ‘60s. Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace is luminous in a collection of royal jewels and tiaras recreated for the film by Cartier, as well as the whimsical diamond poodle and chicken brooches the elegant Princess collected.

We hope you enjoy all three films…and be sure to tell us about your favorite on-screen jewelry moments!


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