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April 27, 2001|ANNE BRATSKEIR

Forty years after her she became first lady and nearly seven years since her death, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis still inspires the world of fashion and style. Along with the hardcover catalog "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years" by Hamish Bowles for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new exhibit of the same title, there are three other new books: "Jackie: The Clothes of Camelot," by Jay Mulvaney (St. Martin's Press); "Jackiestyle," by Pamela Clarke Keogh (HarperCollins); and "America's Queen: A Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis," by Sarah Bradford (Viking).

Onassis has also inspired a new line of makeup, Prescriptives' new Camelot Collection. Darac, the company's director of artistic development, has, according to press notes, studied the first lady right down to her pores. "Her skin always looked polished, pristine and perfect, like velvet," he says. A new product called Virtual Velvet Skin is included in the $175 collection, which includes lipsticks, eye shadows, face tint, eyeliner, mascara and bronzing powder. It comes in a pewter beaded cigarette clutch that was inspired by the first lady's inauguration bag.

Fans can even get a sampling of her taste in music: The Metropolitan Museum is offering a CD called "Music of the Kennedy White House." It features musical performers and composers connected to the Kennedy administration, including Mahalia Jackson, Lester Lanin, the Paul Winter Sextet (which played the first jazz concert at the White House), cellist Pablo Casals and Leonard Bernstein. It sells for $16.95 at the Metropolitan Museum Gift Shop; or call (800) 4-MUSEUM.

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