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Oleg Cassini (Loiewski)

Male 1913 - 2006  (92 years)

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  • Name Oleg Cassini (Loiewski) 
    Born Apr 11, 1913  Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Mar 17, 2006  Long Island, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Oleg Cassini was born Oleg Loiewski in Paris, France, of Russian parents in 1913. His grandfather was Count Arthur Cassini was Russian Czar Nicholas's ambassador to Washington during the McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt administrations. His mother was Countess Marguerite Cassini. His father was Count Alexander Loiewski.
      Oleg used his mother's name for his professional career. He was educated in Florence at the EnglishCatholic School and graduated from the Accademia delle Belle Arti in 1934.  He apprenticed for Patou in Paris, then opened his own boutique in Rome.  He married film actress Gene Tierney in 1941 and designed the costumes for 7 of her films. They were divorced in 1952.
      He was awarded a Special Tribute award from the CFDA in 2003
      NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oleg Cassini, who created a fashion powerhouse and helped make Jacqueline Kennedy America's most glamorous first lady, died on Friday, his family said. He was 92.
      Cassini's wife, Marianne, said the designer suffered a broken blood vessel in his head and died in a Long Island hospital.
      Born in Paris in April 1913 to an Italian countess and a Russian diplomat, Cassini was raised in Italy and began his career in Europe, operating a fashion boutique in Rome. He moved to the United States in 1936.
      "He arrived with a tennis racket, a tuxedo and talent and he made it into an empire," said Marianne Cassini, a former model and now president of Oleg Cassini Inc.
      Cassini began designing costumes for Paramount Studios, taking advantage of a social contact he made at a tennis tournament, his wife said.
      He started with the film "I Wanted Wings," starring Veronica Lake, and went on to dress some of Hollywood's most famous actresses, including Natalie Wood, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, to whom he was once engaged, and Gene Tierney, to whom he was married from 1941 to 1952.
      "He was a man's man and a ladies' man," Marianne Cassini said. "He was a tremendous creator in women's wear and tremendously creative in men's wear."
      After serving in the U.S. Army during World War Two, Cassini opened his own design house in New York's Seventh Avenue fashion district.
      His business grew to include two especially well-known clients -- Jacqueline Kennedy and Johnny Carson, popular host of the "Tonight Show."
      Marianne Cassini said her husband knew the future first lady before she married John F. Kennedy in 1953.
      "They were very good friends," she said. "He knew her when she was a debutante. She had something special and they recognized it in each other. They made magic together."
      Cassini chronicled his days as couturier to the Kennedys' "Camelot" White House in a book titled "A Thousand Days of Magic: Dressing Jacqueline Kennedy for the White House," which said he had designed more than 300 outfits for her.
      He said he was initially stumped on how to approach the job before falling back on his Hollywood experience.
      "Suddenly it came to me, this is like a film and you have the opportunity to dress the female star," Cassini wrote. "This was not so different from my old job in Hollywood, designing for motion pictures ...
      "Jackie reminded me of an ancient Egyptian princess -- very geometric, even hieroglyphic, with the sphinx-like quality of her eyes, her long neck, slim torso, broad shoulders, narrow hips and regal carriage."
      Cassini helped popularize the sheath dress, as well as the Nehru jacket and the turtleneck look for men. He was also a pioneer in licensing agreements that put his name on a range of products other than clothes.
      His wife said Cassini had been in excellent health until complaining of a serious headache last Friday. He had been busy with work that day, attending meetings, reviewing designs and writing letters. Later at their Long Island home he complained of a serious headache and was taken to a hospital where a broken blood vessel was detected in his head.
    Person ID I53712  mykindred
    Last Modified May 19, 2011 

    Father Count Alexander Loiewski,   b. Nov 02, 1877,   d.  
    Mother Countess Marguerite Cassini,   d.  
    Family ID F18925  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Merry Fahrney,   d.  
    Married Sep 02, 1938 
    Divorced Feb 05, 1940 
    Family ID F19509  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Gene Eliza Tierney,   b. Nov 19, 1920, Brooklyn, Kings county, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 06, 1991, Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married Jul 1941  Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 1952 
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    Family ID F18924  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Joan Yarde-Buller,   d.  
    Family ID F18926  Group Sheet

    Family 4 Bettina (__),   d.  
    Family ID F18927  Group Sheet

    Family 5 Marianne (__),   d.  
    Family ID F34875  Group Sheet

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    Cassini, Oleg and Gene Tierney
    Cassini, Oleg and Gene Tierney

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