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Jackie for a new generation - how an Irish designer used original sketches of designs for Jackie Kennedy as inspiration for new collection

When Irish designer Jacqueline Quinn bought the original sketches of clothing designed for Jackie Kennedy at auction, they provided the inspiration for her latest collection. She tells Liadan Hynes why the former First Lady was the original icon, not just of style but of sustainable fashion, too. Photography by Ashley Bravick

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The Jackie collection by Jacqueline Quinn
Photography by Ashley Bravick

The Jackie collection by Jacqueline Quinn Photography by Ashley Bravick

The Jackie collection by Jacqueline Quinn Photography by Ashley Bravick

'Her shoes told me a lot about the woman," Jacqueline Quinn says. "Everything about her was very practical in her approach - her shoes were very practical and comfortable. She was like the Queen: she never wore a glamorous heel. She never wore high heels, because she would be taller than her husband."

Quinn is an Irish fashion designer who has lived in New York for 25 years. As well as her design work, she is in the process of completing a master's in visual arts at Harvard. Much of her time is spent at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, undertaking research work.

The woman in the comfortable shoes she's referring to is, of course, former US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy - whom she is named after.