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The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby

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The story of the pink suit Jackie Kennedy wore on the day John was assassinated. It covers the many problems getting copying permission from Chanel and acquiring the material. Introducing us to the designer, the company making the garment and in particular to the girl who does most of the stitching. An earlier model was discarded and said girl, Kate, takes it possibly as her wedding suit. In the day that she does wear it some mistake her for Jackie! This is both a romance and a social history. A lovely read.

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Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The pink suit worn by First Lady Jackie Kennedy on that fateful trip to Dallas in November 1963 has assumed iconic significance. A copy of an admired Chanel classic, it had been made by Kate, a young Irish seamstress in a Manhattan boutique, who sees her handiwork beamed across the globe after the President is assassinated. From this premise, Kelby has conjured a terrific novel blending fact and fiction to mesmerising effect.
~ Amanda Hodges


The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby

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.


Here reality and fiction intertwine, held together by the power of a single, fascinating narrative thread Harper's Bazaar

About the Author

Nicole Mary Kelby is the critically acclaimed author of four previous novels. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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30th November 1999


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