The history of the Pink Tweed Suit
President John F. Kennedy’s 50th assassination anniversary is approaching us later this week and what better way to remember the woman behind the man?
Dubbed Jackie O. by the press, her sense of style gave her freedom without anyone trying to guide her. In those days, there weren’t any stylists, so Mrs. Kennedy-Onasis dressed herself which is why she is a fashion icon.
The iconic pink suit Jacquelyn wore was one of JFK’s favorites and he requested her to wear the outfit, so that she’ll stand out when she’s in the midst of the Oil-Republican wives. JFK’s father advised Jackie to wear outfits that were American made, so that it would be claimed that she wore American Made attires.
The tweed suit made it’s first photo public appearance when the Kennedy’s were attending mass in 1961 and Jackie wore the outfit several times before that dreadful day in Dallas.
I hate to use the word “Replica” of the iconic dress, because sources have said the outfit’s fabric, buttons, etc were flown in from Chanel and Chez Ninon assembled it. The outfit came from Chanel’s 1961’s fall collection and it’s clear to many that Jackie had Chez Ninon recreate their version of it.
Of course, the tweed suit is associated with what happened on that horrific day. The pillbox hat and gloves are missing and were last seen on Jackie in the Emergency Room of Parkland Memorial Hospital. Jackie didn’t take her suit off till she arrived at the White House(5:00AM) and placed it on the bed. Jackie’s mother(Janet Auchincloss) wanted the dress out of the White House and made sure Jacquelyn’s maid got it out of there. So she came in folded the dress, placed it in a box, and sent it to Janet’s house.
Jackie never saw or touched the suit again. The iconic pink tweet suit is currently at the National Archives in an acid free windowless room and the temperature has to be changed 4-6 times an hour. The pink tweed suit will remain hidden from the public till the year 2103.
I wish, we could see the dress in it’s current condition, but I understand how it is a sore subject for those who were around during the assassination.
”Can anyone understand how it is to have lived in the White House and then, suddenly, to be living alone as the President’s widow?” - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis