It's National Pink Day Today, June 23rd
Do you love the color pink? Then today is your day! Anyone who knows me, knows I love, love, love pink. If I wear color (besides my usual black and white, which technically are not colors), it will be pink. I own pink handbags, my phone screen saver is pink and looks a lot like the picture above, my phone case is pink with glitter. More often than not, my color choice of lipstick or lip gloss is a pink shade. My wedding china from Limoge features pink flowers. And I adore just about any cut flower in a pink shade. The crepe myrtle tree in my front yard has hot pink flowers. I have a heart-shaped pink diamond ring and pink sapphire earnings. In my profile picture here, you see me wearing my favorite pink suit of all time. Did I mention that I love, love, love pink?
History of Pink
Did you know that the color name pink was first used in the 17th Century? The Rococo Period (1720-1777) is considered the golden age for the color pink. That was when pastel colors became very fashionable in all the royal European courts. The color "shocking pink," one of my favorites (no surprise) was introduced in 1931 by Elsa Schiaparelli. I am forever indebted to her for this color.
By the 1850's, pink was considered a female color, but as late as the 1920's, designers still disagreed on whether pink was suitable for baby boys or powder blue for baby girls.
We're all familiar with Gainsborough's Blue Boy painting, but did you know he also painted a Pink Boy painting?
Some of our most famous fashion designers loved and liberally used pink in their designs, including: Elsa Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, Yves St Laurent, Dior.
In the 1960's and 1970's pink in neon and flourescent shades became a popular color for men. It was further popularized as a "men's" color by Brooks Brothers with their pink buttoned-down shirt, which ultimately became the essence of "preppy" dressing. More recently, pink became the color of liberation for the gay rights movement.
How The Word Pink Is Used In Our Lexicon
Pink is not just a term for a color... it permeates our language and expressions:
- In the pink: meaning to be in top form, in good health, in good condition.
- Seeing pink elephants: meaning to hallucinate from alcoholism.
- Pink slip: meaning to be fired or dismissed from a job. First used in 1915 in the United States.
- Pink-collar worker: referring to jobs conventionally regarded as “women’s work.”
- Tickled pink: meaning extremely pleased.
- Pinking shears: scissors with serrated blades
- Pinkie finger: the smallest finger on the human hand.
If you love the color pink, be sure to incorporate it into your day today. I'll be sporting my pink handbag today as well as my pink diamond ring. Mary Quant, the famous British designer got it right when she said:
“If you want to go unnoticed in a crowd, don’t wear pink.”