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.
"Luxuriate in shades of pink, in descriptions of haute couture so exquisite and precise that you can feel elegant just by reading the words. Nicole Mary Kelby has stitched together from scraps of facts a compelling novel, a lovable heroine, and a living neighborhood in its last few moments of innocence. From its startling opening to its poignant ending, The Pink Suit shows us that behind events of global significance, there are unknown individuals worthy of our interest." (Susan Vreeland, author of Clara and Mr. Tiffany and Luncheon of the Boating Party)
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If You Are a Sewer--Read This Story
I would recommend this book. It is just lush with texture. As a sewer, I loved the descriptions of the fabrics, the hand work, and the personal passion and pride that go into couture sewing. It also provides a good description of the way young women in the garment industry (well, actually most work) were taken advantage of.
Kate, the Irish seamstress, was my favorite because it really is through her eyes that the story unfolds. I also liked the presentation of burgeoning ideas of independence by women. Kate wants her own career, and she believes she can make it happen.
It was just great fun to listen to the sisters of Chez Ninon!
Engaging, Dreamlike and Fascinating
- Nancy Lindquist "Mom of four boys, 12-19. Avid reader of everything, published author, pseudo and wife of over twenty years. I dye yarn too."