Jackie's Pink Suit: Off Limits Until 2103
Kennedy family restricts public viewing until then
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2013 3:45 PM CST
Updated Nov 17, 2013 7:11 AM CST
In this Nov. 22, 1963, file photo, Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as president Jacqueline Kennedy stands at his side in Dallas.   (AP Photo/White House, Cecil Stoughton, File)

(Newser) – You've no doubt seen the image of Jackie Kennedy's bloodstained pink suit countless times, maybe even this week alone. But it's a safe bet that nobody reading this will see the real thing in his lifetime. The New York Times reports that the Kennedy family has decided to keep the Chanel suit from public viewing until 2103. It's currently inside a vault at the National Archives. In stories about the suit, both the Times and Texas Public Radio recount Jackie's famous line when it was suggested she change clothes after her husband's assassination: "No, let them see what they've done."

Why so much intrigue? The Times' Cathy Horyn puts it this way: "If there is a single item that captures both the shame and the violence that erupted that day, and the glamour and artifice that preceded it, it is Jackie Kennedy’s bloodstained pink suit, a tantalizing window on fame and fashion, her allure and her steely resolve, the things we know about her and the things we never quite will." (Click for the full story, or to read about the famous flubbed bugle note during JFK's funeral.)

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George R
Nov 18, 2013 2:14 PM CST
150 years might seem kind of inappropriate or ridiculous at first glance, but once you think about all the reasons they've given, then 150 years just makes sense.
persimmone
Nov 18, 2013 8:26 AM CST
Jackie's words were 'Let them see what they have done'. By 2103, none of us will be around to see the suit when they finally release it, so what will be the point?! No one in 2103 is going to care two hoots about it!
cornelison
Nov 18, 2013 2:47 AM CST
JFK was "that guy," the one who brought the presidency into the modern age. Aside from his personal and unpublicized flaws, he was immensely popular and had a charm like no other. It was the first time Americans really loved their President and they went wild for Jackie. Americans were moving on from WWII. A new middle class was in sharp contrast from The Great Depression. Americans were ready for a young and new kind of First Family.