Jackie Kennedy's dark history served as inspiration for this fashion show

Kaia Gerber opens the Moschino Fall 2018 show in Milan on Feb. 21, 2018. The collection included the very best from the ’60s cultural zeitgeist, including alien Jackie Kennedys. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Milan Fashion Week is off to a bombastic start, considering Gucci’s severed heads and, capping the day’s shows, Moschino’s alien Jacqueline Kennedys.

On Wednesday, Moschino creative director and king of kitsch Jeremy Scott presented a 62-piece collection. It featured Trix cereal-colored embellished evening gowns, pillbox hats, and two-piece suits styled à la one Jackie Kennedy for an intergalactic trip back to an era where pop art and the Orion slave girls (or “green-skinned Space Babes“) of the original Star Trek series converged on the space station runway.

While most of those references bubbled atop the ’60s cultural zeitgeist, submerged below the surface were darker themes. Related specifically to Jackie Kennedy, the assassination of her husband and 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, reportedly sent the former first lady into a depression where prescription pills and alcohol became tools for self-medication. And so, Scott imposed cartoonish pop art women over prescription pill labels on pencil skirts and shift dresses.

Gigi Hadid, with retro, ’60s-inspired hair and makeup, closes the Moschino show in Milan. (Photo: Getty Images)

While Scott is no stranger to introducing taboo themes into his collections at Moschino, fashion’s obsession with Jackie Kennedy as a source of sartorial inspiration is endless. In 2001, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute hosted its annual Met Gala to celebrate the opening of the Jackie Kennedy-themed exhibit, a curated collection of Kennedy’s most iconic wears during her White House tenure.

It’s easy to remember the past with nostalgic admiration. Scott makes sure we don’t forget that not everything was as glamorous as it seemed at Camelot, in spite of the pretty clothes.

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