Thursday, April 10, 2008

An Arm and Oleg

Friday would be the 95th birthday of famed fashion designer Oleg Cassini (not to be confused with clams cassini). During WW II, Cassini served in the U.S. Army as a cavalry officer because he found the idea of cavalry service a bit more glamorous. And war is all about the glamor. Ask any horse and it will tell you it's glad it's in the cavalry. The few unfortunate ones in the Navy just don't do as well (in water, no one can hear you whinny). Sorry, I was just pulling your Oleg there. Of course he is most famous for designing a 1974 AMC Matador, bitter he didn't get to upscale the Gremlin, instead. Seriously (yes, I can be serious!), he's most famous for being Jackie O's designer, although the great irony is years earlier he was married to Gene Tierney and she alleged had affairs with JFK. So Cassini dressed Jacqueline Kennedy while his wife undressed John Kennedy. You have to like that symmetry. Especially if you're a divorce lawyer.



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