While THE PINK SUIT is fiction, it is based on real
Kate is a seamstress. The company that she works for,
design for some of the biggest stars and government women
the world. One of their biggest clients is for the First
Lady; known to most people as The Wife. They are hired to
make the Pink Suit that she would wear over and over.
is the President's favorite outfit on her. Because it is
one of the president's favorites, she wore it on the day
that he was assassinated.
After the assassination, the dress would hang in the
shop that Kate's husband owned.
Kate and all the other workers did every thing by hand.
All the sewing took hours and hours to do. Not like in
today's world. Kate has never met the First Lady.
However, she feels very connected to her. In fact so
connected that every dress that was sewn for the first
lady, Kate would make a duplicate of it for her sister.
In my opinion Nicole Mary Kelly is a writer on the
historical side. Kelly did a lot of research on this
I have been always interested in the Kennedy family, so
THE PINK SUIT is a book that I really enjoyed. In the
past I have read differerent stories on the Kennedy family
but, never from this angle.
Even though THE PINK SUIT is fiction, I truly believe a
of it was true. Nicole Mary Kelly talks about how the
first lady was
always late; and people always were making excuses for
There is a lot in this book about how one company would
copy another company's design and put their own label on
I am sure that back in the early 60's this probably did
happen a lot. All the companies had a way around it.
THE PINK SUIT is a great story. If you are at all
interested in the Kennedy
family, you will really like this book.
A novel based on the true story behind Jacqueline Kennedy's
iconic pink suit.
On November 22, 1963, the First Lady accompanied her husband
to Dallas, Texas dressed in a pink Chanel-style suit that
was his favorite. Much of her wardrobe, including the pink
suit, came from the New York boutique Chez Ninon where a
young seamstress, an Irish immigrant named Kate, worked
behind the scenes to meticulously craft the memorable
While the two never met, Kate knew every tuck and pleat
needed to create the illusion of the First Lady's
perfection. And when the pink suit becomes infamous, Kate's
already fragile world--divided between the excess and
artistry of Chez Ninon and the traditional values of her
insular neighborhood--threatens to rip apart.
The Pink Suit is a fascinating look at politics, fashion,
and some of the most glamorous women in history, seen
through the eyes of a young woman caught in the midst of an
American breed of upstairs/downstairs class drama.