Production Designer: Jean Rabasse
An inherent challenge in designing a film about any historical figure for which extensive visual documentation exists is the inevitable comparison to the actual environments. Production parameters of schedule, location, and budget materially can impact the ability to fulfill the requirements of the story, adding to the complexity of deciding what can be accomplished, and accomplished well. So an eponymous project about Jackie Kennedy, an individual revered as an international style icon, carries an enormous burden. Every detail of the design must rise to the style and finesse of the former first lady herself — or at least successfully allude to the images and memories that have become the fabric of her legacy. The work of Jean Rabasse and the “Jackie” design team not only takes on this challenge, but rises to a beautiful level, never lacking in necessary visual support of the story while at the same time carefully keeping the characters front and center. The ethereal quality of recreated archival footage, alongside elegant period White House environments constructed in France, seamlessly transport the audience to that impactful period, as if to experience the events in real time.
By Nelson Coates (President, Art Directors Guild; “Fifty Shades Darker,” “Flight”)