Notes From Jackie O.: How the Fashion Icon Felt About All-Black, Shoulder Pads

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A series of notes from Jackie Kennedy Onassis are heading to the auction block this weekend. They will reveal how the fashion icon felt about a style, especially a trick loved amongst fashion girls everywhere. To Bill Hamilton, the design director at Carolina Herrera, she revealed she wasn’t a fan of all-black looks: “I just love this suit and will wear it everywhere as I am SO sick of everyone constantly in black.” She was a woman who knew her closet, too, citing past pieces in reference to new items she wanted to be made.

“There used to be a cinnamon suede overcoat that went with the long fur vest. It was lined with silk—it closed with little ties you knotted. You could wear it by itself on warmer days. I gave it away years ago because there was no room for anything with shoulder pads.” In the same letter, she includes a sketch she drew up of an overcoat.

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Hamilton, the recipient of those notes on black and shoulder pads, remembered a practical woman, too, telling the AP she’d come to fittings with him with a peanut butter and jelly sandwiched wrapped in tinfoil in her bag. “To get the point across she would do drawings of ideas she wanted. We spent a lot of time selecting fabrics.”

You can see all the items in the auction, happening this Saturday in Palm Beach, here (and you can bid online, too!).

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