Jackie Kennedy’s Blood-Stained Suit

Jackie Kennedy's Blood-Stained Suit

This is an image that I have always admired. Jackie Kennedy is an iconic face in the fashion world, always known for her sassy sunglasses and of course, designer suit sets. On the day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Jackie was wearing a pink Chanel suit set, as seen in the photo. Jackie’s suit, especially at the time, was a representation of the powerful, intelligent, and most importantly, independent woman. After the gruesome assassination of her beloved husband, Jackie’s delicate suit was caked with her husbands blood stains. However, soon after his death when Lyndon B. Johnson was to be sworn in, Jackie refused to change her clothes. This moment in time as it was happening on the news/radio probably described Johnson taking office and a distraught wife suffering from loss. However, when we examine a photo of Jackie, we see her iconic Chanel suit, reminds us not only of the independence and power her suit already represented, but also of her will to continue wearing the blood-stained frock in honor of her husband.

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