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Reichl Goes Tweet, Tweet, Tweet... Vanity Fair's Latest Dead Person Obsession...

Ruth Reichl’s Twitter feed reveals several of her personality quirks.

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VANITY FAIR’S LATEST DEAD PERSON OBSESSION: Graydon Carter clearly believes the lessons of history are important to us all — otherwise, how to explain the Vanity Fair editor’s insistence on including at least one story about a famous dead person in every issue (and often on the cover)? Now it’s the turn of Oleg Cassini. A favorite of the fashion crowd and playboy to the stars, Cassini famously courted Grace Kelly before she became Princess of Monaco and squired Marilyn Monroe. He died in March 2006 at the age of 92 and is now the subject of an upcoming piece by Maureen Orth. Orth, who also has written about Karl Lagerfeld and Carla Bruni for the magazine, will undoubtedly touch upon Cassini’s legendary relationship with the late Jacqueline Kennedy, who, as First Lady, turned him into one of America’s best-known designers. When she donned his wool coat with sable collar and muff and famous pillbox hat for John F. Kennedy’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 1961, it was labeled “the Jackie look,” and immediately thrust Cassini into the spotlight. However, some fashion skeptics claim it actually was Hubert de Givenchy who did the free-spending, fashion-loving Kennedy’s clothes and the labels were switched to Cassini since Americans wouldn’t at the time put up with their First Lady wearing designs by a foreigner. Cassini always firmly denied the switcheroo. — Amy Wicks

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