Handwritten letters from Jackie Kennedy to be auctioned
According to WWD, more than fifteen handwritten letters by Jackie Kennedy to Marita O'Connor of Bergdorf Goodman are to be auctioned off this month. The letters contain requests for hats, accessories, and other garments for the former First Lady, and many of the letters had sketches penned by Jackie herself.
The first lady had an impeccable sense of style, and these letters prove that she was just as fashion-conscious even before entering the White House. She knew what she wanted, and was able to ask O'Connor for exactly that. The letters hold Jackie's personality, a little bit of the former First Lady. They're very personable and show her (slightly sassy!) sense of humor: when Kennedy wrote that she'd be getting her dress shoes from Eugenia of Florence, she said "Would you be good enough to send Mario the material to make the shoes in. Tell him I want them in the same model as my black faille evening pumps and impress on that rather disorganized Italian that they simply must be ready in time."
And apparently the First Lady wasn't too crazy about wearing one particular garment: "Here goes - an order for a million hats. ... Oh dear it was so pleasant when I didn't have to wear hats! They will pauperize me + [sic] I still feel absurd in them!" (She actually ordered 12.)
In conjunction with the 50-year anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination, the Legends Auction will take place from November 22-24th, with all Kennedy-related memorabilia up for grabs (1590 lots in all). Along with the letters, the auction will include a cashmere blazer that President Kennedy wore, one of JFK's rocking chairs, a few pairs of Jackie's shoes, and never-before-seen family photos. (WWD)
Click through the gallery above to see Jackie Kennedy's memorable style.