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Day Suit

MO 63.1278a-b
Day Suit
Pierre Cardin (French Fashion Designer, born Italy 1922)
1957
France
Wool twill
Skirt: 25 1/4" center back; Jacket: 21 1/4" center back
A two-piece day suit in red wool twill with a pencil skirt and jacket. This suit has elaborate back detailing of a twisted martingale half-belt. Curving seams shape the body, sleeves and the back of the skirt. The jacket has a rolled collar with a five button center closure and two hip pockets.
This suit was worn by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy during a visit to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Ottawa on May 16, 1961 during her State Visit to Canada. The sophisticated martial cut and strident coloration of this Cardin suit, which Jacqueline Kennedy wore in her triumphant international debut as First Lady, were perceived as a stylish and calculated complement to the uniforms of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In fact, she had acquired the suit five years earlier and had worn it on NBC's "Home" show.
Image copyright (C) John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.
JFKMUS-MO-1963-1278a-b