As a child Jackie already revealed all the striking characteristics of the woman she would become: uncommon poise, direct, serene. On this canvas her mother imbued her with a strict sense of formal protocol. She taught her daughter that elegance was generous – that when you dressed yourself up, you helped dress up the whole world. Her “Grampy Bouvier” meanwhile, introduced her to a romantic love of myths and history. Her father, had more immediate advice for his daughter. A ladies’ man, their father would lecture his daughters on what was currently in fashion, always instructing them to follow their instincts. He felt that fashion should be individualistic, and even theatrical. More importantly, he taught Jackie how to carry herself, the importance of creating an aura around herself of mystery and reserve. “Black Jack” Bouvier once wrote his daughter, “style is what you are. it’s your essential self – it’s what makes you a Bouvier.” He also taught Jackie taht it was important to stand out in a crowd, and to always know how to enter a room. he especially taught her how jewelry was the best way to individualize yourself. With this, he planted the seed of Jackie’s fascination with jewelry. Jackie was a wonderful student, and even as a young teenager people always were eager to figure her out, always wondering what was going on behind the wonderful dark eyes of this rebellious girl.