Black Alaskine and silk taffeta gown, by Oleg Cassini, American, 1962. Worn by Jacqueline Kennedy for her audience with Pope John XXIII at the Vatican on March 11, 1962. Her selection of stiff, unyielding fabrics such as this silk and wool blend called Alaskine, lends an armorial quality to much of her clothing from this period.
Mauve Day Dress Maker: Oleg Cassini (American, b. France, 1913-2006) Date(s) of Materials: 1963 Place Made: United States Medium: Linen Dimensions: 40" center back Description: A sleeveless A-line day dress in pale mauve linen. This dress has a token element of decoration- a quatrefoil motif, perhaps an abstraction of a cockade, applied to front. Historical Note: This dress was worn by Jacqueline Kennedy in Palm Beach, Florida on Easter Sunday, April 14, 1963.
Ivory Evening Coat Maker: Hubert de Givenchy (Fashion Designer, French, b. 1927) Date(s) of Materials: Spring-Summer 1961 Place Made: France Medium: Silk Ziberline Dimensions: 61" center back Description: A full length collarless ivory silk coat with three-quarter length sleeves (model 3378). This coat has minimal seams and a plain front. With this magnificent opera coat Givenchy paid homage to his mentor Balenciaga by manipulating a great sweep of fabric.
1960. Automne-hiver. Designer: Hubert de Givenchy in France Medium: Silk radzimir Short evening dress in deep pink silk radzimir. (Model number 3118). Minimal detail on front of dress, back has ribbed-weave shot-silk fabric twisted and finished with a hand tied bow. Evening Dress worn by Jacqueline Kennedy to a Staff Christmas reception at the White House December 12, 1962