In a recent statement made by Chanel’s Creative Director, it comes as a shocking tidbit of fashion trivia that the late Jacqueline Kennedy wore Chanel knockoffs!
In particular, the pink bouclé suit worn by the former First Lady in Dallas on November 22, 1963 on the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
The suit itself has become a part of history thanks to that infamous day and according to biographer, Jackie refused to take the blood-stained suit off, saying “Let them see what they’ve done.”
Now Karl Lagerfeld claims that the pink Chanel suit was a “fake, a line-by-line copy by Cassini.” He also adds that Jackie did have real Chanels, but those were ordered by her sister. “We have all the proof” explained Lagerfeld.
That stunning revelation comes in response to the interview Tim Blanks did of Lagerfeld and former Paris Vogue Editor-in-Chief Carine Roitfeld on their project entitled “Little Black Jacket” for the latest issue of Style.com.
Roitfeld had apparently told Blanks that the first Chanel jacket she ever saw that she knew for a fact was Chanel was on “TV. It was on Mrs. Kennedy – the pink one.” Boy, did Lagerfeld set her straight on that misconception!
Turns out that Jackie Kennedy had been a Chanel customer since the 1950s but had received bad press for a $30,000 Paris shopping spree during her husband’s presidential campaign.
Subsequently Jackie acquired “Chanel outfits sewn for her in New York by a dressmaking establishment called Chez Ninon,” says Justine Picardie in her biography ofentitled, “Chanel, Her Life.”
Picardie explains that the “garments were not fake or pirated, but made to order using materials supplied by Chanel in Paris,” using “fabric, trim and buttons from 31 Rue Cambon, but fitted at Chez Ninon.”
The true proof however will remain a bit of mystery for some time as the suit, according to an LA Times article, has been “perfectly preserved” in a vault in Maryland and apparently banned from public view for 100 years!