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Jackie Kennedy's Never-Before-Seen Packing List Reveals Heartbreaking Details of Her Final Trip with JFK

She had meticulously planned her outfits, even those she never got to wear.
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    The pink Chanel suit First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy wore the day of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination has been a lasting symbol of that fateful day in Dallas on November 22, 1963. And now, thanks to newly uncovered documents, the public now knows just how meticulously the first lady had planned that outfit in advance.


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    The New York Times reports Gil Wells recovered the documents in 2015 from his godmother, Shirley Ann Conover, who once worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s unclear how Conover obtained the packing list, but she made it clear she intended to donate the documents to the Kennedy presidential library in Boston instead of selling it for profit. The documents sat unnoticed until now, amid some confusion around making them public.

    The packing list, written on White House stationery, was addressed to the first lady’s personal assistant, Providencia Paredes. It details the president and first lady’s schedule and features notes scrawled in the margins about the first lady’s wardrobe for November 21 and 22, 1963.


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    The day before President Kennedy’s assassination, the couple landed in San Antonio, and Jacqueline had already detailed what she wanted to wear that day: a white Chanel coat, skirt, blouse, and hat, plus 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.


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    And the day of JFK’s death in Dallas, the first lady noted she wanted to wear that pink and navy Chanel suit, with navy shoes, a navy bag, and white kid gloves. She ended up wearing that suit during the motorcade in Dallas, through her husband’s death, and back on Air Force One for the swearing in of Lyndon Johnson as president.


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    The Times reports she also laid out notes for what she’d wear to events that never happened, like wearing riding clothes to Johnson’s ranch on November 23. The Kennedy Museum’s collection features 95 of her dresses, including that white Chanel suit she wore the day before the assassination. But the pink suit is being kept from the public until 2103.

    *This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
    *Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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