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Mrs. Kennedy's Press Secretary Hits Back at Luce Charges on Clothes

Jan. 24, 1962 - Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy’s press secretary pointed out today that the First Lady wore American-made clothes practically all the time. The comment by the press secretary, Pamela Turnure, was in reply to Mrs. Clare Boothe Luce’s recent criticism of Mrs. Kennedy for buying French clothes. Mrs. Luce served as a Republican in Congress in the 1940s and was U.S. Ambassador to Italy during the Eisenhower Administration. She is the wife of Henry Luce, publisher of Time, Life, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated. Miss Turnure said Mrs. Kennedy had bought an evening dress while in France with the President last June, to wear to the Palace of Versailles “as a tribute to France.” But she said most of Mrs. Kennedy’s wardrobe was by Oleg Cassini, a New York designer, and a New York custom house (Chez Ninon), owned by two American women.

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