12 Fascinating Facts About Jackie Kennedy's Iconic Pink Suit

    Fifty years later, the First Lady's pink suit continues to be one of the lasting emblems of JFK's assassination.

    1. The pink suit was first created by Coco Chanel for her 1961 autumn/winter collection.

    2. Jackie’s suit was actually not created by Chanel, but was instead a high-end "reproduction" by New York fashion salon Chez Ninon, made for her in 1961.

    3. While Chanel didn’t actually construct the suit, the design house did reportedly provide the fabric, buttons, and trim to make it. Chez Ninon merely assembled the suit in a process called "line for line."

    4. Jackie wore the suit on at least six occasions prior to President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas. Below she is seen wearing the suit on a official trip to London (March 1962).

    Here, Jackie wears the suit while holding John Jr. as she awaits the arrival of President Ahmed Ben Bella of Algeria (October 1962).

    5. Jackie wore the suit in Dallas because President Kennedy requested she wear it — it was one of his personal favorites.

    6. Following the assassination, Jackie refused to take off the blood-stained suit. She told Lady Bird Johnson, "Oh, no...I want them to see what they have done to Jack.”

    7. Jackie would not take off the suit until she arrived back at the White House the following morning.

    8. When Jackie did take it off, a maid packed it in box and gave it to Jackie’s mother, Janet Auchincloss. Six months later her mother would give the box over to the National Archives with a note saying: "Jackie's suit and bag worn Nov. 22, 1963."

    9. The suit has never been cleaned and is kept out of public view in a temperature- and humidity-controlled room. The precise location where it is stored is kept secret.

    10. Jackie’s signature pillbox hat was not included in the box. It has been missing since shortly after she returned to Washington, D.C.

    11. At the time, the majority of the public did not know Jackie’s suit was pink: In 1963, newspapers didn't print color photos and television news wasn't broadcast in color.

    12. Caroline Kennedy (Jackie’s sole surviving heir) officially deeded the suit to the National Archives in 2003. A condition of the deed prevents it from being seen by the public until at least 2103.