Oleg Cassini was born in 1913 in Paris to aristocratic Russian parents.
He was raised in Italy where his mother was a dressmaker.
Cassini studied in Florence, did sketches for Patou and opened a boutique in Rome before moving to New York in 1936.
He moved to Hollywood in the early 1940's where he became a designer at Paramount.
While in Hollywood he dressed Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood and Gene Tierney (who would later become his second wife).
After serving in World War II he opened his own boutique in New York.
In the early 1960's he was chosen by Jacqueline Kennedy as the designer for her First Lady wardrobe.
He reportedly designed over 300 outfits for Mrs. Kennedy including her classic suits with boxy jackets.
Oleg Cassini died in March of 2006.
1950's black crepe dress.
This dress has black satin buttons and black satin detailing.
Measurements are 40/42" Chest, 29" Waist and 40" Hips
You can purchase this dress for $365- over at Hemlock Vintage Clothing
1950's cream, black and brown patterned dress.
This dress features a black waistband with a long bow at the hip.
Measurements are 42" Chest, 31" Waist and 39" Hips
The Current bid is $14.99 and there are 5 days left on the sale over at Forever Chic Vintage on eBay.
1950's black wool dress.
This dress features four decorative buttons at the neck.
Measurements are 34" Chest, 26" Waist and 36" Hips
You can purchase this dress for $310- over at VintageTrends.com
This post was originally published on April 17, 2007.