By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Please provide any details to the Jackie Kennedy exhibition currently showing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A: The House of Camelot seems to have taken New Yorkers by storm yet again. Not since the Sotheby's auction in 1996 where the contents of the former first lady's New York apartment were sold, has there been such Jackie-mania. In fact, on its opening day, the New York Times reported that lines snaked past the Altman porcelain collection in the Great Hall Balcony, and into the Asian art galleries exhibit and it's been popular ever since.

Eighty costumes and accessories from Jackie Kennedy's "White House years" are on display. There's her pink pillbox hat and fawn coat and ivory satin gown she wore to the pre-Inaugural gala to name a few. The location too is most appropriate for this gala affair. The Met happened to have been one of Jackie Kennedy's favorite New York spots. So special, that she personally chose the Temple of Dendur, now a centerpiece of the Met's collections, as Egypt's gift to the United States.

"Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years," is on until July 29, 2001. After its New York premiere, the Jackie show travels to the Kennedy Library in Boston where it will open Sept. 12, 2001.


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