Jackie Kennedy’s fashion history goes on auction

Jackie Kennedy’s correspondence to Bergdorf Goodman’s Marita O’Connor, who acted as the first lady’s personal shopper, will be auctioned off on Nov. 23 in Amesbury.
Jackie Kennedy’s correspondence to Bergdorf Goodman’s Marita O’Connor, who acted as the first lady’s personal shopper, will be auctioned off on Nov. 23 in Amesbury.John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

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Even before she took up residence in the White House, Jackie Kennedy was fretting about her image and developing what would later become her signature style. She was corresponding with designer Oleg Cassini who was creating jackets and skirts for her. She was working with a personal shopper at the posh New York department store Bergdorf Goodman to find matching accessories. She knew the eyes of the nation would be scrutinizing her, and she was fortifying her closet in preparation for the spotlight.

Her meticulous approach to fashion is revealed in 17 letters that will be auctioned Nov. 23 in Amesbury as part of a three-day auction of Kennedy possessions and related items at John McInnis Auctioneers. The auction, which begins Nov. 22, is timed to the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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