Known for nurturing young talent and supporting the Dallas fashion scene, El Centro College will soon showcase a style icon of great historic and local significance.
“Jackie and Main Street” opens November 11th at the new H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery at El Centro College. Featuring vintage clothing, as well as photographs and artifacts, the exhibit will examine the impact of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on fashion retail in the 1960’s. A special emphasis will be placed upon events leading to and including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22nd, 1963. Of note, the El Centro campus currently sits on the former Sanger-Harris department store site on Main Street (pictured below), passed by the Kennedy motorcade just moments before reaching Dealy Plaza.
All wardrobe items will be supplied by Ken Weber and Greg Kelly of celebrated North Texas boutique, Vintage Martini. Additional items have been sourced from Weber’s private family collection.
“This unique exhibition…highlights just one small aspect of what we, as a city and as a nation, both gained and lost from this enormously influential First Lady,” states Weber. “While we all must collectively take time to remember those terrible events that happened just a few blocks from El Centro some 50 years ago, I also hope we can celebrate the tremendous legacy Jackie Kennedy left us and the entire fashion industry with her truly unique design and style during her all-too-brief time in the White House.”
The H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery is located inside the El Centro College B Building at 801 Main Street, Dallas. “Jackie and Main Street” runs from November 11th through December 13th, 2013. For more information, visit ElCentroCollege.edu or call (214) 860-2115.
Photographs via Politico.com (top) and El Centro College.