While I have never been a political supporter of the Kennedys, I must admit that I find the Kennedy style and the period in American history that it dominated compelling. Photographs of the Kennedy family shot by Richard Avedon and newly published by Vanity Fair in their November 2007 issue highlight John F. Kennedy's incredibly simple yet elegant personal style. Kennedy ended the requirement of the 1950's that men wear hats when he appeared at his Inauguration bare-headed. He also relegated the three-button sack suit to the sartorial dustbin not to be revived until the 1990's. Although he had his two-button suits made in London, the style is purely American. The Avedon photos show Kennedy wearing simple white shirts, a solid dark tie with a smart tiny knot and slightly larger than usual notched lapels. The look is effortless, basic, clean and all American. The Style of the Brother's Kennedy is the style of the Brothers Brooks. It is a spared down version of a style of clothing work by Fishs, Keans, Lodges, Biddles, Roosevelts but less studied. The natural shoulder and long lapel on the two button suit creates a image of tallness and upper body mass. Photos of Kennedy when he was a Congressman show him as gangly and underweight. Ironically, cortisone shots given to the Massachusetts Senator for his chronic back pain and pills given to him for his Addison's disease, filled out his face to a Cary Grant-style handsomeness. Because of nagging rumors about his health, Kennedy went out of his way to project an image of vitality and vigor. JFK knew the value of both rest and a suntan. Coupled with his impeccably cut suits and boiled-down-to-the-basics Brooks Brothers influenced clothing as well as his tousled hair and good looks, he had the presence of a movie star. Jack, Bobby and Ted Kennedy have all personified the stripped down prep school influence that Ralph Lauren later translated into one of the most successful clothing lines in fashion history. Bobby with his rep striped ties and rolled up shirt sleeves, Ted in his madras shorts and Bass Weejuns and Jack's easy American tailoring are all a sophisticated take on the way upper class Americans dressed in the 1950's and 1960's. Robert Kennedy traveled with more than 12 sets of cuff-links because he knew that African Americans and Teenage girls would maul him in adoration and his links would be snatched by adoring crowds. JFK wore button cuffs that day in Dallas for this very reason. Avedon's photos are published in the 'Kennedy's Portrait of a Family,' published this month by Collins Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. The photos are trademarked by the Smithsonian Institution. Text is by Robert Dallek. Post Script - The memoirs of Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Kennedy toady and general liberal apologist are entertaining for their bitchiness but reveal again and again what a brown-nosing jerk with a warped sense of history Schlesinger was. The publication of his memoirs at the same time as Avedon's haunting and beautiful photos is coincidental.