Why Jackie Kennedy Refused To Remove Her Blood-Stained Pink Chanel Suit

By | March 14, 2018

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November 22, 1963: President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie, who is holding a bouquet of roses, just after their arrival at the airport for the fateful drive through Dallas. (Photo by Art Rickerby/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as he rode through Dallas in a convertible, with his wife Jacqueline Kennedy by his side. Jackie Kennedy wore a famous pink Chanel suit that day, one she had worn before, and when the president took that fateful bullet to the head, his wife's suit was spattered with blood. Jackie Kennedy wore her famous suit the rest of the day, including during the swearing-in of Lyndon Johnson as the new president.

Jackie Kennedy Was A Style Icon From Day One

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President Kennedy and the First Lady arriving in Dallas on Nov. 22. Photo by Cecil W. Stoughton, source: Wikimedia Commons

These days, first ladies seem to set the fashion trend, rather than conform to it. When John Fitzgerald Kennedy took the oath of office to become the nation's 35th president, Jacqueline Kennedy became the first lady. With her good taste and personal style, she worked hard to be worthy of her new role. She had a deep sense of obligation to her country, but her first priorities were her husband and mother to her children. She told a reporter that "if you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much."

Mrs. Kennedy greatly influenced the world of fashion. Her unique and refined sense of style made her a trendsetter, although she did not encourage the newspapers, magazines and general public to focus on her appearance.