Oleg Cassini: The Man Who Dressed Jackie Kennedy And Grace Kelly

When the famed fashion designer took the world by storm.

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Actress Grace Kelly (left) was briefly engaged to designer Oleg Cassini. (Rizzoli New York)
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Oleg Cassini: The Man Who Dressed Jackie Kennedy And Grace Kelly

When the famed fashion designer took the world by storm.

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Fashion designer Oleg Cassini (left) and President John F. Kennedy (right) flank Jackie Kennedy, one of Cassini's muses. (Rizzoli New York)

Oleg Cassini: The Man Who Dressed Jackie Kennedy And Grace Kelly

When the famed fashion designer took the world by storm.

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Actress Grace Kelly (left) was briefly engaged to Oleg Cassini. (Rizzoli New York)

Oleg Cassini: The Man Who Dressed Jackie Kennedy And Grace Kelly

When the famed fashion designer took the world by storm.

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One of Oleg Cassini's earliest muses was '50s movie star Grace Kelly. (Rizzoli New York)

Oleg Cassini: The Man Who Dressed Jackie Kennedy And Grace Kelly

When the famed fashion designer took the world by storm.

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Grace Kelly gained international acclaim in the 1953 movie 'Mogambo.' She would subsequently appear in Alfred Hitchcock thrillers 'Dial M for Murder' and 'Rear Window.' This shot, featuring a flower petal dress, originally ran in Look magazine. (Rizzoli New York)

Oleg Cassini: The Man Who Dressed Jackie Kennedy And Grace Kelly

When the famed fashion designer took the world by storm.

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Oleg Cassini's 'A-line' wedding dress design. In this sketch from his Platinum Collection, "the bodice is wrapped in jewels reflecting the crystal chandeliers in the Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden." (Rizzoli New York)

Oleg Cassini: The Man Who Dressed Jackie Kennedy And Grace Kelly

When the famed fashion designer took the world by storm.

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As Oleg Cassini notes in his book 'The Wedding Dress,' "The mid-calf-length dress is festive and with the added skirt volume invites the energy of the dance." (Rizzoli New York)

Oleg Cassini: The Man Who Dressed Jackie Kennedy And Grace Kelly

When the famed fashion designer took the world by storm.

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The cover of Oleg Cassini's 'The Wedding Dress.' (Rizzoli New York)

I go crazy for pillbox hats. Peggy Olson’s creamy white one on Mad Men gave me goose bumps. That scene in Catch Me If You Can, when those Pan Am flight attendants paraded through the Miami airport in their jaunty blue ones made me light-headed. But i really overdosed on 1960s hats with Jackie, the terrific 2016 biopic starring Natalie Portman. in one heart-stopping scene, hours after JFK was gunned down, Jackie Kennedy, crushed by shock and grief, refuses to remove her blood-spattered pink suit and matching pink pillbox.

Legendary fashion designer Oleg Cassini created hats and more than 300 outfits for America’s soft-spoken queen, and his “Jackie Look” clothing, with clean lines, timeless style and luxurious fabrics, swept the nation.

Before Jackie, there was Grace Kelly. When the actress was in her early twenties, she was engaged to Cassini. But her parents disapproved of the fashion designer, who was divorced and had a reputation as a Casanova, and they talked their daughter out of marrying him.

In 2002, a few years before he died, Cassini authored The Wedding Dress, an eye-popping pictorial of bridal gowns. This month, a revised and updated collector’s edition will be released, with dresses by Cassini, Chanel, Dior, Armani, McQueen and other top designers in its 300-plus pages.

The Wedding Dress (Rizzoli) is a reminder of how chic Camelot really was.

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