From the Archives: Lee Radziwill’s Chic Style

Lee Radziwill died at age 85 yesterday.

The younger sister of first lady Jackie Kennedy, Radziwill was known for her keen style sensibility and spent decades as a high-profile attendee of major fashion events.

While Radziwill was married three times, her last name came from her second marriage, to Prince Stanislaw Radziwell in 1959. Though they divorced in 1974, they were often photographed arm in arm throughout the ’60s, with the socialite looking chic in short coats and pointy-toed pumps.

Princess Lee Radziwill Younger Sister Of The Late Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Lee Is Pictured With Her Husband Prince Stanislaus Radziwell (died June 1976). The Couple Divorced In 1974. Princess Lee Later Married The Film Director Herbert Ross. Now Mrs Lee Ross Princess Lee Radziwill Younger Sister Of The Late Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Lee Is Pictured With Her Husband Prince Stanislaus Radziwell (died June 1976). The Couple Divorced In 1974. Princess Lee Later Married The Film Director H
Lee Radziwill wears a tweed coat and skirt with pumps while out with husband Prince Stanislaw Radziwill in the 1960s.
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Born as Caroline Lee Bouvier, Radziwill gained fame when President John F. Kennedy was elected president. She went on a highly publicized 1962 trip to India and Pakistan with her sister, where the pair were photographed riding a camel in impractical but chic dresses and pumps.

Jacqueline Kennedy, Lee Radziwill, Bashir Ahmad First lady Jacqueline Kennedy, right, goes for a camel ride, side saddle in a tight skirt in Karachi, Pakistan, . Seated beside her is her sister Princess Lee Radziwill. Leading the camel is Bashir Ahmad, who visited the U.S. in 1961 as the guest of Vice President JohnsonJackie Camel Ride, Karachi, Pakistan
Lee Radziwill (L) and Jackie Kennedy ride camels in 1962 in Pakistan.
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Attempts at an acting career were largely unsuccessful, but Radziwill developed a group of famous friends including “In Cold Blood” writer Truman Capote and designer Valentino Garavani.

Truman Capote with Lee Radziwill walking together on a Manhattan streetTruman Capote and Lee Radziwill, New York
Truman Capote with Lee Radziwill in New York in 1970.
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She made a glamorous appearance at the 1977 Met Gala, stepping out in a gold Mary McFadden gown and strappy metallic sandals with politician Peter Tufo.

Lee Radziwill in gold McFadden with Peter TufoMetropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, New York
Lee Radziwill in gold McFadden at the Met Gala in 1977.
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Radziwill honed her fashion chops with a short stint working for Giorgio Armani as a public relations executive, brand ambassador and special events coordinator. She was stylish in a strapless gown and pumps at a 1988 event hosted by the Italian designer.

Giorgio Armani and Lee RadziwillGiorgio Armani Party, Los Angeles
Giorgio Armani and Lee Radziwill at the designer’s Los Angeles party in 1988.
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Into the new millennium, the former interior designer was a staple at buzzy events in both New York and Paris, appearing on the red carpet at the New York City Ballet and Met Gala and stepping out for Fashion Week shows put on by Carolina Herrera and Giambattista Valli.

Lee Radziwill in the front rowCarolina Herrera show, Front Row, Spring Summer 2018, New York Fashion Week, USA - 11 Sep 2017
Lee Radziwill in the front row at the spring ’18 Carolina Herrera show,.
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Click through the gallery to see more of Lee Radziwill’s style.

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