A Thousand Days of Magic: Dressing Jacqueline Kennedy for the White House

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Rizzoli International, Jan 1, 1995 - Photography - 223 pages
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A gorgeously revised edition of this fashion favorite book, which combines Cassini’s memoirs of working closely with Jacqueline Kennedy during her brief White House years, his fashion philosophies and ideas, and the iconography of the early 1960s style and energy of the Kennedy years. Jacqueline Kennedy’s selection of Oleg Cassini to design her personal wardrobe as First Lady was not only fashion history, but political history as well. As the creator of the "Jackie look," Cassini made the First Lady one of the best-dressed women in the world and a glamorous icon of the Kennedy era. During the 1000 days of the Kennedy administration, Cassini designed over 300 outfits for Jackie Kennedy—coats, dresses, evening gowns, suits, and day wear—and coordinated every aspect of her wardrobe, from shoes and hats to gloves and handbags. In this book, Cassini offers a fascinating and comprehensive view of his role as Jackie’s personal couturier, a position that allowed him unprecedented access to both Jackie and John Kennedy as a designer and a trusted friend. From the details of his first meetings with the First Lady to his thoughts on Jackie’s clothes and their legacy, Cassini’s recollections are far-ranging and informative. Also included are Cassini's original sketches accompanied by 200 color and black-and-white photographs of the First Lady as she tours India, France, England, and Italy, shows off the White House, and hosts state dinners and family gatherings. Public moments as well as private ones capture the great elegance and charm of one of the most admired and emulated women in the world.

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No other First Lady has come close to Jacqueline Kennedy in epitomizing a fresh American style. The magic and excitement she stirred as the wife of the president stemmed not only from her youth and ... Read full review

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One of the world's foremost fashion designers, Oleg Cassini continues to run his international business from New York City. Born a count in Czarist Russia, Cassini was raised in Italy and later came to America, where he worked as a costume designer in Hollywood. He lived a glamorous, jet-set life as part of the extravagant Hollywood elite while maintaining his position as a member of European society. Once married to actress Gene Tierney, he was later engaged to marry Grace Kelly.

In the 1950's Cassini began his own successful fashion business, but his greatest achievement was being selected as Jacqueline Kennedy's personal and exclusive designer in 1960. As the couturier to the First Lady, Cassini had a worldwide impact on fashion.

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