On 22 November 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy accompanied her husband to
Dallas, Texas, wearing a pink suit that was one of his favourites.
But as Jackie was greeted by ecstatic crowds that sunny morning,
nobody could have dreamt just how iconic the suit would soon
become. In The Pink Suit, Nicole Mary Kelby has written a novel
imagining the life of the garment that became emblematic of the
moment the American Dream turned to ashes. Kate is an Irish
seamstress working in the back room at Chez Ninon, an exclusive
Manhattan atelier entrusted with creating much of Jackie's
wardrobe. Kate and the First Lady share roots in rural Ireland, and
although their lives could not be more different, Kate honours
their connection by using the muslin toiles for each piece she sews
for Mrs Kennedy to fashion an identical garment - in a different
fabric - for her own niece. Then comes the terrible day that
pictures of Kate's handiwork, splashed with the president's blood,
are beamed all over the world. The Pink Suit is a fascinating novel
about politics, fashion, history and the people who have a hand in
it - from the backrooms of a Manhattan dressmaker's to the Blue
Room at the White House.
Virago Press Ltd
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