Jacqueline Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy's Maternity Dress, Worn Two Months Away from Delivering JFK, Jr. and Her Husband Winning the Presidency

Maternity dress worn by Jackie, two months away from delivering JFK, Jr., and her husband winning the presidency.



Jacqueline Kennedy's personally owned and worn gray maternity dress. The lightweight wool dress features three-quarter length sleeves, two pocket flaps, eight double-breasted buttons, and "Lord & Taylor, Fifth Avenue" and "Ma Mere" tags sewn into the cowl neck collar. Included with the dress are two vintage glossy black and white photographs, 8.75" x 13.25" and 13" x 10.25", both showing Jackie wearing the dress, and working with her personal secretary, Mary Barelli Gallagher, in a second floor study of the Kennedys' Georgetown estate. The photos were taken by Edward Clark and used for an article in Life Magazine during John F. Kennedy's historic presidential campaign. Reverse of each photo bears Life Magazine photography stamps, with one dated "9/21/60." In fine condition, with two small holes below top buttons of dress.

 

Accompanied by two letters of provenance from Mary Gallagher for the dress and the photos, in part: "The dress was acquired from Jacqueline B. Kennedy during one of her regular, periodic, closet-cleaning sessions at her Georgetown/White House/Georgetown residences…This is to serve as proof of authenticity regarding the above item. Since receiving this, it has remained in my possession at my home in Alexandria, Virginia. I was formerly secretary to Senator John F. Kennedy…and Personal Secretary to Mrs. John F. Kennedy…In 1969, 'My Life With Jacqueline Kennedy' was published by David McKay, New York, relating my twelve years with The Kennedys." Given the time frame of these photographs, Kennedy was well into her pregnancy and only two months removed from delivering her second child, John F. Kennedy, Jr., on November 25, 1960, just three weeks after her husband won the 1960 presidential election. For a brief period, Jackie wore this svelte and subtle dress with the unique understanding that she would soon be named First Lady of the United States. An incredible rarity dating to a truly significant time in the lives of both John and Jackie Kennedy.

 

Designed by world renowned fashion moguls Pearl and Albert Nipon, founders of the Ma Mere label. Jackie shopped at Le Shack in Palm Beach and Jax in New York, both of which carried Nipon designs.

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Item: 64110

Price: $20,000.00
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