Jackie Kennedy's Pink Suit Sealed in Vault for 90 More Years
It is the most famous outfit in history–the bubblegum pink suit that Jacqueline Kennedy wore on the day of John F. Kennedy's assassination.
Jackie was still wearing the pink suit that was caked with her husband's blood, when she stood at Lyndon B. Johnson's side as he was sworn in on Air Force One.
She insisted on wearing the bloodstained suit when she returned to Washington D.C. with her martyred husband's body.
Historian James Swanson shared with INSIDE EDITION, “People say ‘Change your clothes, put on a different suit.’ She says, ‘No. I want them to see what they've done.’ ”
Today, the historically significant outfit is locked away in a climate-controlled vault in the National Archives in Maryland.
In fact, this extremely famous article of clothing is never to be seen by the public until the year 2103, which is 90 years from now, due to the insistence of Jackie's daughter Caroline Kennedy, who was recently sworn in as the new U.S. Ambassador to Japan.
“It might be something that would bring out the very best and the very worst in people in attempts to see it,” said Phyllis Magidson, Curator of Costumes and Textiles at the Museum of the City of New York.
The suit, still bloodstained and never cleaned, was sent to the National Archives eight months after the assassination. It was packed in a simple dress box with an unsigned note that says “Jackie's Suit and Bag Worn November 22, 1963.”
The iconic pink suit was designed by Chanel and made by the New York fashion house Chez Ninon. Not many people are aware that she actually wore it six times before the fateful day in Dallas.
President Kennedy himself chose it for the trip, saying she "looks ravishing in it."
The pink suit is said to be well-preserved, but it remains a piece of American history that very few Americans alive today will ever get to see.