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Oleg Cassini : biography

April 11, 1913 - March 17, 2006

Oleg Cassini (11 April 1913 – 17 March 2006) was a French-born American fashion designer. Cassini dressed numerous stars creating some of the most memorable moments in international fashion and film. With his designs for Jacqueline Kennedy he garnered admiration and even awe, for American fashion design.

Oleg Cassini’s designs for the First Lady, ‘The Jackie Look’ are recognized as being the "single biggest fashion influence in history" by film costume designer, Edith Head. Cassini's contemporary designs such as the A-line, Sheath and the Empire Strapless continue to remain influential and predominant today.

His passions including sports and Native American culture fueled his work with freshness and imagination, creating innovative looks fueled by his very personal feeling that: "To be well dressed is a little like being in love."

Death

Cassini died from complications of an aneurysm in Manhasset, New York, in 2006. He is buried in the Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury, New York. A wake was held on Wednesday, March 22, 2006, at the Frank E. Campbell The Funeral Chapel of Manhattan. A Funeral Mass was held the following day at Our Lady of the Sign-Russian Orthodox Church of America in Manhattan's upper east side. He was interred at Cemetery of the Holy Rood, in Westbury, CT. In addition to his wife, the former Marianne Nestor, whom he married in 1971, Mr. Cassini was survived by two daughters, Antoinette Daria Cassini and Christina Cassini-Belmont, and four grandchildren. Daughter Daria Cassini died on September 11, 2010, a month before her 67th birthday. Daria was interred alongside her mother at Glenwood Cemetery, in Houston, TX.

Career

Hollywood, California

Upon arriving in California, Cassini began playing tennis at the West Side Tennis Club. After competing in and winning a doubles tournament, his partner from the tournament introduced himself as the head of Paramount Pictures who was, "looking for another designer". Cassini brought his sketches to the studio the next day and got the job as a full designer for Paramount Pictures. In 1941, his first film was I Wanted Wings, creating the look for its star, newcomer Veronica Lake.

Among the films Cassini costumed for were The Shanghai Gesture, a 1941 film by Josef von Sternberg, which starred actress Gene Tierney., Tales of Manhattan (1942) for Rita Hayworth, The Razor’s Edge (1946), It's a Joke Son! (1947), Born to Speed (1947), Lost Honeymoon (1947), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), That Wonderful Urge (1948), Whirlpool (1949), Night and the City (1950), Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950), in which Cassini appeared as a fashion designer, as well as The Mating Season, Close to My Heart, On the Riviera (all 1951), Rampage (1963), The Tammy Grimes Show (1966), The Day Dreamer (1966), Peligro...! Mujeres en acción, (1967), The Ambushers (1967) for Dean Martin, SOS Conspiracion Bikini (1967), The Sentinel (2006) for Kim Basinger and Say It in Russian (2007) for Faye Dunaway.

Cassini designs are also worn in the climactic scene of Meet Joe Black (1998) and throughout Ready or Not (2009)

Cassini worked for the major film studios and dressed numerous movie stars and celebrities over the course of his career including Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, Ursula Andress, Jayne Mansfield, Sandra Dee, Suzy Parker, Gina Lollobrigida, Renée Zellweger, Malin Åkerman, Kim Basinger, and Taylor Swift.

World War II

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Oleg quickly enlisted in the war effort. Initially, he joined the United States Coast Guard, but he later served in the U.S. Army as a cavalry officer. Cassini took United States citizenship and became a First Lieutenant in the United States Army during World War II at Fort Riley, Kansas. After serving five years in the U.S. Cavalry during World War II, with Ronald Reagan, First Lieutenant Cassini returned to New York in 1952 to open his own fashion house on Seventh Avenue.

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