“The Collected Library”: The Pink Suit

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents the pink suit

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents the pink suit

Summer offers great opportunities for “great reads”.  And recently  I stumbled across a lovely book, The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby.

In the opening pages of this historical fiction that is based on fact, we are taken back to November 1963, to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Kelby imagines the creation of Jackie Kennedy’s iconic pink suit  worn that day.  Few items of clothing provoke as much emotion as the outfit Jackie was wearing on that fall afternoon.  The mystique of this suit will forever be locked in our memory.  I remember this day, in the 7th grade, and all of the emotion of that historical event.  Many years after the 7th grade, my love of fashion was fueled by the “Camelot wardrobe”!

Nicole Kelby’s The Pink Suit, cleverly spins the story of an Irish immigrant named Kate who helped cut and sew Jackie’s navy-trimmed outfit—an authorized line-by-line Chanel replica created at Chez Ninon, a New York couture house.

I loved the description of the pin boucle …”not merely pink but a tweed of pinks-it was ripe raspberry and sweet watermelon and cherry blossom running through an undercurrent of pink champagne…”.  The suit’s construction is lovingly detailed , from the 90 hours it takes to cut and hand-stitch the jacket, to the gold chain sewn into the hem to ensure it hangs properly.  And the book has lovely little quotes by fashion designers at the beginning of each chapter.

Each time I had to put this great read down, I couldn’t wait to get back to it!  If you love fabric, fashion, history, and particularly the history of Irish immigrants…I highly recommend this book for a summer read!  And yes…those are all subjects that I love!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents the pink suit

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents the pink suit

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One Response to “The Collected Library”: The Pink Suit

  1. franki says:

    Can’t tell you how many pink suits I’ve worn through the years (several still in my closet!!) franki

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