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Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, one of the 90s icon's dresses up for auction (and it's for the first time)

Sometimes the nickname “style icon” is used inappropriately, almost inflated. Few people deserve such a title and when we talk about Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, we are sure that you fit perfectly into this small circle.

Dressing like an icon: the timeless elegance of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy

His looks are the perfect representation of what fashion was in the nineties. And his wardrobe of essential pieces with clean and refined lines is a lesson in style even today


Her blond hair, blinding blue eyes and her minimal look, made up of essential garments, with clean and refined lines, had fascinated everyone in the 90s, and above all JohnJohnthe scion of the house Kennedywith whom she married in 1996.

A style that continues to inspire and teach lessons even today, simple, of course, but still luxurious. Yet among all the brands, one of the most sought after and desired by Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy era Yohji Yamamoto. Just think of the famous white shirt combined with the black flounced skirt worn in 1999, one put made by the Japanese designer.

John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy in Yohji Yamamoto.

John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy in Yohji Yamamoto.

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But designer outfits Yohji Yamamoto and worn by Carolyn there are many that have become iconic and, for the first time, one of these will be auctioned between 17 and 27 June Of this year on the site Bonhams. It is a black silk wrap dress, from the Spring-Summer 1998 collection, characterized by a layered lapel, asymmetric skirt and an adjustable belt, complete with a bow.

The Yohji Yamamoto dress up for auction.

The Yohji Yamamoto dress up for auction.

The dress was worn by Carolyn on May 6, 1998 at Supper Clubafter attending a show of the Parsons Dance Companyand was donated to the auction house by Sasha Chermayeff, long-time friend of the family Kennedy. The condition of the dress is considered excellent with: “no visible signs of wear” as reported by the site.

So, the question now arises spontaneously, what is the starting price? 1,800 dollars, yet, due to the conditions, as well as the history linked to the dress, it is estimated that the price could reach 3,000 dollars (almost 2,800 euros), although it is not unthinkable that this figure will be exceeded.

Lee Radziwill and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy in 1996 wearing the Yohji Yamamoto dress

Lee Radziwill and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy in 1996 wearing the Yohji Yamamoto dress

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With this, 25 years have passed since the untimely death of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy (following the plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard with John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. – who was piloting the plane – and to his sister Lauren Bessette), but even now her clothes and ensembles manage to inspire, excite and that's no small feat. If you can't consider her a style icon… who then?

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Source: Vanity Fair

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