Designing Camelot

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When Jacqueline Kennedy arrived at the White House as the new First Lady in 1961, she initiated a complete redesign of the whole house. It became a national project, the subject of an Emmy-winning documentary and the model for the historic restoration of houses all over the world.

In the process, she redefined what the White House meant to the nation, provided a living history of American design, and established the foundations of the Camelot image with which the administration would always be associated.

Katty Kay looks back at the this transformation, and talks to some of the people who made it happen.

When Jacqueline Kennedy arrived at the White House as the new First Lady in 1961, she initiated a complete redesign of the whole house.

It became a national project, the subject of an Emmy-winning documentary and the model for the historic restoration of houses all over the world.

Katty Kay looks back at how Jacqueline Kennedy transformed the White House 50 years ago.