Written on White House official stationery, the packing list outlined Kennedy's plans to wear the infamous pink and navy bouclé suit that she wore on the day of her husband's assassination.
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Also outlined on the list is the ensemble that Jackie Kennedy wore when the couple landed in San Antonio. According to the document, Kennedy put a sartorial foot forward in a white Chanel coat, skirt, blouse and hat, Chanel earrings, and a gold and navy bracelet with a “safety pin” clasp. Later that night, she planned to wear a black velvet dress, black satin shoes, a black evening bag, and white kid gloves, with pearls, a diamond bracelet, and diamond earrings.
On the fateful day of JFK's death in Dallas, the style icon noted that she would wear a pink and navy suit, with navy shoes, a navy bag, and white kid gloves. According to Town and Country
, the suit was a "line for line" replica of a Chanel-style tweed two piece, but the First Lady was keen to wear more American-made clothes. While many thought that the suit was by the French fashion house - it was actually designed by Chez Ninon
. The outlet also reports that the suit was one of President Kennedy's favorite outfits on his fashion conscious wife.
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Of course, said suit is the highly photographed outfit that she would end up wearing through all the chaos, and back on AirForce One for the swearing in of Lyndon Johnson as President (above). The suit was notably "caked with blood", but Kennedy refused to take it off.
Heartbreakingly, outfits for events that the beloved couple would never attend were also detailed.
The lists were first brought to public attention in 2015. Originally addressed to the First Lady’s personal assistant, Providencia Paredes, it came into the possession of Shirley Ann Conover, a former staffer at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
While it's unknown how Conover came to own such an important piece of history, she allegedly wanted to donate the documents to the Kennedy Presidential Library instead of selling them for profit. Her godson Gil Wells told The New York Times that amid the confusion about whether or not to make the documents public knowledge, they ended up going unnoticed for the last three years.
As for the iconic outfit, according to the Washington Post
, it still remained stored in a "custom made acid-free box" in the climate-controlled National Archives building in College Park, Maryland along with killer Harvey Lee Oswald's rifle, bullets, the original windshield of the limousine the Kennedys were riding in, and more than five million pages of assassination-related records.
Kennedy's daughter Caroline has insisted that these artifacts do not go on public display until at least 2103, to avoid distressing her family.