JFK+50: Volume 6, No. 2045JFK & JACKIE TAKE A CRUISE WITH OLEG CASSINI
Hyannis Port, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Fifty-five years ago today, August 20, 1961, President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy along with daughter Caroline took a cruise on the Marlin. The First Lady's dress designer Oleg Cassini* was also aboard.
Mr. Cassini became known for the "Jackie Look" which women around the world attempted to copy. He was the First Lady's exclusive dress designer, and he said...
"There wasn't one lady on the planet who didn't want to dress like (Jackie)..."
"I dressed Jackie to be a star in a major film, which she was, the most famous First Lady of all time. I became her secretary of style."
Mary Talbot described Jackie as "the 20th Century First Lady of Fashion."
Jackie Kennedy Onassis's trademark fashion symbols included the pillbox hat, black-framed sunglasses, the sleeveless suit dress and the leopard coat.
*Oleg Aleksandrovich Loiewski, a.k.a. Oleg Cassini (1913-2006) was born in Paris to a Russian diplomat. The family fled the Russian Revolution & settled in Florence, Italy where OC's mother founded a fashion house.
OC studied Political Science at the University of Florence & studied Fine Art at Academid de Belle Arti Firenze. He arrived in New York City in December 1936 & moved to Hollywood where he became a costume designer.
"The Jackie Look: Fashion's First Lady," by Mary Talbot, The New York Daily News, May 20, 1994, www.nydailynews.com/
First Lady after a State Dinner
Oleg Cassini (1962)