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Jackie selected the designer Oleg Cassini to create many pieces in her wardrobe, including her hats, her bags, and this gorgeous gown, which she wore to an inaugural concert in January 1961. (Just two months after giving birth to John Jr., she is stunningly slim.) The new first lady, however, designed her own inauguration ball gown; according to LIFE, it made her "resemble both a fairy princess at a fancy dress ball and a little girl enjoying her first party."
Jackie Kennedy thanks the nation in 1964 for all of the cards and letters that she and the children received following the death of President Kennedy. She received "nearly 800,000 in all", and she acknowledged each one personally, a project that took her 10 years to complete.