Katie Holmes's 'Kennedys' Wardrobe: 45 Different Looks!

04/08/2011 at 05:30 PM ET

Katie Holmes Kennedys
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In her new miniseries The Kennedys, Katie Holmes looks perfectly poised in the role of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — a task that, as it turns out, required some serious prep work in the costume department. Holmes’s 45-look wardrobe was created in part by costume designer Chris Hargadon, who said perfecting the outfits required meticulous attention to detail, something both he and Holmes were prepared for. “She came with a lot of research under her belt and she had certain likes,” Hargadon tells StyleList.com. “She loved Jackie’s style in clothes, the simplicity of the lines, the fabric and workmanship.” Among the challenging outfits in the mix was a pink day suit and pillbox hat the First Lady wore the day her husband was assassinated, created for the series by Giorgio Armani. “[Katie] and Tom [Cruise] have a relationship with Armani, and when they found out she was doing the project, they asked to make her clothes,” Hargadon explains. “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.'” (They also designed her inaugural gown.) Hargadon’s ultimate favorite, though, was a pink silk ballgown the First Lady reportedly received from a king. “I took pictures to a friend who trained as an Italian textiles designer,” Hargadon explains. “She painted a silk fabric for me, the lotus blossoms, the fronds. It almost looks like Chinese embroidery. I don’t even know if the piece made the final cut, but it was an incredible effort.” The Kennedys concludes Sunday on Reelz. Tell us: What do you think of Holmes’s Kennedys looks? –Kim Peiffer


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Kamaran Mann on

I think that Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis would be a little appalled just by the way that Katie Holmes is standing in that shot. That looks like an adolescent trying to wear big people clothes. She should have studied her mannerisms much, much better than that. She isn’t holding herself dignified at all. That is what Jackie O was ALL about for crying out loud! Her arms should be at her sides and her leg shouldn’t be curved like a 12 year old would stand. You can tell she’s uncomfortable. I think she is beautiful, but she isn’t carrying it off. I’m sorry, but I’m an Onassis fan and I just do not think that Jackie would approve. Study! I have not seen the show, but judging from that one shot, I really hope that I am not going to be greatly disappointed. :(

LuLu on

Goodness! It’s probably a paparazzi shot. She wasn’t posing so give her a break. I think she looks beautiful…and alot like Jackie O.

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