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The Pink Suit

The Pink Suit, May 2014
by Nicole Mary Kelby

Little, Brown and Company
288 pages
ISBN: 0316235652
EAN: 9780316235655
Kindle: B00ECE9N2Q
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Unique view of life in the Kennedy era"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Pink Suit
Nicole Mary Kelby

Reviewed by Sharon Salituro
Posted September 1, 2014

Fiction Women's Fiction

While THE PINK SUIT is fiction, it is based on real events.

Kate is a seamstress. The company that she works for, design for some of the biggest stars and government women in 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. This 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 butcher 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 book. Since 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 lot of it was true. Nicole Mary Kelly talks about how the first lady was always late; and people always were making excuses for her.

There is a lot in this book about how one company would copy another company's design and put their own label on it. 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.

Learn more about The Pink Suit


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 outfits.

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.

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