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The Pink Suit

The Pink Suit [Kindle Edition]

Nicole Mary Kelby
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An enthralling novel based on the true story behind Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' iconic pink suit.

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 834 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844089746
  • Publisher: Virago (10 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DVL659K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The story opens with one of the most memorable events of the last century. That day in Dallas, November 1963 when the assassination of President John F Kennedy shocked the world. Described almost in slow motion, this passage is a powerful introduction to The Pink Suit.

As America, the world and the First Lady try to come to terms with what has happened, the iconic pink suit that Jackie Kennedy was wearing that day is whisked away. It was never cleaned, it lays in the National Archives still splattered with her husband's blood.

Kate is an Irish immigrant, she works in the back-room of a New York couture house; designing and cutting clothes for the wealthy. Kate never meets the customers, but she feels that she knows them intimately by the clothes that she lovingly creates for them. Kate made that pink suit, copied from a Chanel design, exactly as the 'Wife' asked.

This is Kate's story and is based on fact, and although her story is interesting, for me, the strongest aspect of the story was when the author tells about the fashions. Her descriptive writing is beautiful and conjures up the colours and the feel of the fabric so well. Kate's story fits in nicely and does give a snapshot of life in the fashion business in the 60s, but is overshadowed by the beauty of the clothes she creates.

Overall, I did enjoy The Pink Suit. It's a quick and easy read featuring an icon of our times. My main niggle is that the author did not use the Kennedy's names throughout the story. Jackie remains the Wife throughout and this really began to irritate me.

The Pink Suit is a unique and interesting look at life in a world dominated by one family, one murder and one item of clothing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original and engaging 20 May 2014
By Bookie TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Occasionally artefacts acquire a life and status of their own. The pink suit worn by Jackie Kennedy on the day JFK was shot is one such item. This entertaining and engaging story is both inspired and inventive. A clever blend of fact and fiction which kept me absorbed right the way through.

The story centres on (fictional) Kate, an Irish immigrant seamstress who works at the real life Chez Ninon, an haute couture New York fashion house. She works in the back room crafting all sorts of finery for wealthy clients, not least 'The Wife' as the First Lady is amusingly nicknamed. I have no interest in fashion or sewing, which makes it all the more remarkable that I found this book so compelling. It's filled with life and humour. Nicole Kelby's narrative has skilfully woven real events and people into an early 1960s snapshot.

'The Ladies', the real life owners of Chez Ninon have voice and character. Their somewhat shady business methods were eye opening. I had no idea how the industry operates, no concept of line by line copies, the thousands of hours preparation required to 'create' a Chanel copy or how a designer garment is made. Kate is such a plausible character and I liked her. She has a rewarding job which she loves, but there's conflict with an alternative offer, plus an Irish butcher keen to marry her, but at what cost? There's some drama as a result of a real life explosion and the aftermath and there's also a glimpse into the machinations of the Presidential world. It's fascinating!

This book was an unexpected pleasure from start to finish, well researched and filled with human interest.

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy from Netgalley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this story 17 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed this story. Based on a true story (with extra embellishments) but that was fine. For those that remember the Kennedy's and Jackie O and that suit its worth a read. The story is about the suit. The suit is the main character so do not expect a story about the political players of the time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 13 July 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Though it go deeper into Jackie's personal life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Creation Of An Icon 29 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I’m a sucker for ‘Brand Kennedy’ – anything, be it fictional accounts such as Stephen King’s fabulous 11:22:63 or my shelf full of biographies telling all about life in ‘Camelot’ and I’m there. So when I was scrolling through NetGalley and a flash of pink caught my eye, I just knew it was Kennedy related, and clicked immediately. (Note to publishers: Power of a relevant cover right there.) I wasn’t disappointed as The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby is a true joy, mixing the fictional with the factual with an effortless ease, pulling you in from the first gut-wrenching chapter.

Occasionally, an item of clothing will stick in the public’s conciousness long after it’s wearer has passed; think Brando’s leather jacket, Monroe’s white dress, and possibly one of the most famous, Jacqueline Kennedy’s beautiful pink suit. Worn the day of her husband’s assassination, it will be forever associated with the panic-stricken wife climbing bravely over the trunk of a car to retrieve pieces of the man she loved. It’s a powerful image, one that Kelby utilises to great effect in the aforementioned opening.
We then flash back to the early 1960′s as we follow the life of Kate, an Irish immigrant seamstress with an immense talent for recreating the newest designs on the catwalk, under the watchful eyes of ‘The Ladies’ at ‘Chez Ninon’ – Kennedy’s favourite house of couture. Although she has this amazing ability, is hard-working and loyal, she feels undervalued and manipulated, striving for something better. Kate is astute, often seeing behind the façade of not only the fashion industry she is part of, but of New York, and later on, Kennedy herself. The only thing keeping her from sinking under the disillusionment is her relationship with another immigrant from Ireland, the local butcher Patrick.
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