Fashion History: Jackie Kennedy’s Pink Chanel Suit

Jackie Kennedy’s pink Chanel suit. It’s one of the most recognizable outfits in American history. And yet – the iconic suit has all but disappeared from public view. So, where has it been?

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A year after JFK was assassinated – the last day Jackie wore the pink suit – the National Archives received a package with an unsigned note on Jackie’s mother’s stationery. The note read simply, “Jackie’s suit and bag worn Nov. 22, 1963.” Still stained with the president’s blood, that’s where the suit has remained, in an acid-free container within a windowless room. And with a provision from Caroline Kennedy that the suit would not be seen by the public until 2103.

In the meantime, the New York Times has a new piece that takes an in-depth look at the now-legendary garment. Read it here.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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November 18, 2013