Pink Coat

MO 63.1298
Pink Coat
Oleg Cassini (American, b. France, 1913-2006)
United States
42 1/2" center back
A bright pink silk and wool coat with "Nehru" collar and slit pockets at hips. This coat has a plain front with hidden buttons.
This coat was worn by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on her arrival in New Delhi, India during her State Visit on March 12, 1962. Jacqueline Kennedy's wardrobe for her trip to India and Pakistan was a triumph of iconography. This pattern of complementary clothing was set on arrival at New Delhi's airport, where she was greeted by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter, Indira Gandhi. Mrs. Kennedy wore a pink hat and a fashionable abstraction of a rajah coat (a form that Nehru himself endorsed) in a color that John Kenneth Galbraith, the United States Ambassador to India, memorable described as "radioactive pink".
  • JFKMUS-MO-1963-1409
  • JFKWHP-1962-03-12-E
Donated to the United States