Oleg Cassini

Fashion Designer
Born Apr 11, 1913

Oleg Cassini 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.… Read More

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1913 Birth Born on April 11, 1913.


1936 23 Years Old Oleg became engaged to a debutante in Rome, Anna Donnina Toeplitz, and subsequently left for America after winning a duel. He sailed to America on the Saturnia and arrived in New York on Christmas Day 1936. … Read More
1940 27 Years Old …  The couple divorced in 1940.
1941 28 Years Old Cassini married actress Gene Tierney, on June 2, 1941. … Read More


1947 34 Years Old Tierney won an uncontested divorce in California on March 13, 1947, and finalized the divorce one year later: March 13, 1948. … Read More
1952 39 Years Old …  After serving five years in the U.S. Cavalry, Cassini moved to New York City in 1952 to open his own fashion house on Seventh Avenue, the center of the fashion industry. … Read More


1953 40 Years Old His reputation developed as a result of his genius for original spontaneous design and in 1953, shortly before her marriage to John Kennedy, Cassini met Jacqueline Bouvier, named by his brother, society columnist Cholly Knickerbocker as "Queen Deb of the Year" in 1947. … Read More
1960 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1960, with his younger brother, society columnist Igor, Oleg opened Le Club, which becomes a leading private club with such members as Gianni Agnelli, Stavros Niarchos, Aristotle Onassis, and Ray Stark.
1962 49 Years Old In 1962, he was awarded the National Cystic Fibrosis Distinguished Service Citation.


1967 54 Years Old In 1967, he created deep tonal shirts for men adding special colors where there had only been white. … Read More
1968 55 Years Old In 1968, the Peacock Revolution is hailed by Newsweek, wherein Cassini is credited with leading a revolution in men's fashion worldwide. … Read More


1976 63 Years Old Cassini also participated and won the 5th Annual RFK Pro Celebrity Tennis Tournament in 1976. … Read More
1981 68 Years Old In his autobiography Cassini claims to have suggested to President Kennedy that he take steps to organize The Bureau of Indian Affairs, the action which led to the American Indian Movement. Cassini was named an honorary member of the Chickasaw and Navajo nations in 1981 due to his fund raising and organization of gala charity events for the tribes.
1991 78 Years Old After his divorce from Gene Tierney, Cassini dated and was engaged to Grace Kelly. He and Tierney remained cordial until her 1991 death, when she bequeathed one dollar to her daughter Daria and the residual to Christina.
2006 93 Years Old Oleg Cassini died from complications of an aneurysm in Manhasset, New York, in 2006 and is survived by his wife of over thirty years, Marianne.
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