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Vintage Brooch 'Rickshaw'. Oleg Cassini jewellery

Vintage Brooch ‘Rickshaw’. Oleg Cassini jewellery

To find Oleg Cassini jewellery, signed his name is extremely rare, a few ornaments at auction for months. Fashion designer and jeweler Oleg Cassini was born on April 11, 1913 in Paris. His Russian father was diplomat Alexander Loiewski and his mother was Italian Countess Marguerite Cassini. Oleg Cassini is remembered for many things – he was an officially personal couturier for Jackie Kennedy. Being animal lover he created collections of man-made fashion fur, the ‘evolutionary furs’. A late convert to animal rights, he blamed himself for the loss of 250,000 leopards killed as women copied a coat he had designed for Jackie Kennedy.

Vintage Brooch 'Rickshaw'. Signed Oleg Cassini

Vintage Brooch ‘Rickshaw’. Oleg Cassini jewellery

Fashion designer Oleg Cassini

Fashion designer Oleg Cassini

He renounced the killing of animals and stuck by his word by introducing micro-fiber fake furs in 1999, a synthetic material that retained the feel, warmth, and fashion of real fur. Oleg Cassini received the James Herriot Award (All Creatures Great and Small) as the Man of the Year from the Humane Society of the United States. Cassini was lauded for his work and care for animals by the Humane Society of the USA – HSUS. Cassini said – “What we’re designing is as elegant and attractive as fur and eliminates the enormous cruelty that goes on in the killing of animals for fur”.

Wrist watch by the famous American designer Oleg Cassini, 1989. Under the glass on the watch dial are four diamonds

Wrist watch by the famous American designer Oleg Cassini, 1989. Under the glass on the watch dial are four diamonds

Wrist watch by the famous American designer Oleg Cassini, 1989. Under the glass on the watch dial are four diamonds

Wrist watch by the famous American designer Oleg Cassini, 1989. Under the glass on the watch dial are four diamonds

Cassini’s autobiography states Cassini provided the suggestion to President Kennedy to take steps to organize The Bureau of Indian Affairs, the action which led to the American Indian Movement. Cassini was named an honorary member of the Chickasaw and Navajo nations in 1981 due to his fund raising and organization of gala charity events for the tribes.

Set of jewellery 'Black and White' by Oleg Cassini, vintage 60s

Set ‘Black and White’, vintage 60s Oleg Cassini jewellery

Oleg Cassini and his brother Igor, in addition to organizing events, collected 64,000 dollar and donated $32,000 to the tribal charities.

Oleg Cassini and Jacqueline Kennedy

Oleg Cassini and Jacqueline Kennedy

Cassini spent his early childhood between Russia and Copenhagen, Denmark, where his father was a diplomat at the Russian Embassy. His family members were landed aristocracy in Russia until 1917. In the 40’s and 50’s he designed costumes for 20th Century Fox and other studios and stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, Grace Kelly, and Gene Tierney.

Set of jewellery 'Black and White' by Oleg Cassini, vintage 60s

Set of jewellery ‘Black and White’ by Oleg Cassini, vintage 60s

Oleg Cassini became an American citizen in 1942. He served in the Coast Guard and in the U.S. Cavalry Corps, and soon earned his lieutenant’s bars. After the end of WWII he was discharged and moved back to New York, where he opened the ‘Oleg Cassini’ Salon on the East 55th Street.

Oleg Cassini 1964 vintage brooch

Oleg Cassini 1964 vintage brooch

The first of his two daughters was born deaf, due to Tierney’s measles infection. Before and after his two marriages Cassini was known as a ladies’ man. He dated actresses Betty Grable, Lana Turner, Ursula Andress among others. He was always seen in the company of starlets, debutantes, heiresses, ingenues, showgirls.

Oleg Cassini 1964 marked vintage brooch

Oleg Cassini 1964 marked vintage brooch

In 1960 Oleg Cassini became the Principal State designer chosen by Jacqueline Kennedy, who knew him for years. His solid training in art and his long experience in Hollywood served him well.

Grace Kelly and Oleg Cassini at the Premiere of Rear Window, 1954

Grace Kelly and Oleg Cassini at the Premiere of Rear Window, 1954

For the President Kennedy’s Inauguration in 1961, Cassini dressed the First Lady in a fawn beige wool coat with a small sable collar and a matching pillbox hat. Soon, it seemed, women all over the world followed the First Lady’s image. In 1963 the world saw another pink pillbox hat by Cassini on Mrs. Kennedy, when she was next to the President when he was assassinated. In less than 3 years Cassini created about three hundred outfits for the First Lady. His creativity was inspired by Russian, Italian, French, Oriental, and Native American cultures. His collection of Jacquelin Kennedy’s dresses was displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2001. Some pieces of her wardrobe were sold at auctions.

Oleg Cassini (1969) vintage set of brooch and earrings of jewellery alloy and crystals

Oleg Cassini (1969) vintage set of brooch and earrings of jewellery alloy and crystals

Oleg Cassini died on March 17, 2006, on Long Island, New York, where he had an Oyster Bay home, previously owned by the Tiffany family. He was arguably the oldest famous fashion designer in the world.

Alfred Hitchcock, Grace Kelly, Oleg Cassini, Premiere of Rear Window, 1954

Alfred Hitchcock, Grace Kelly, Oleg Cassini, Premiere of Rear Window, 1954

Oleg Cassini led a fast jet-set life and wrote his autobiography “In My Own Fashion” in 1987. In his 1995 book, “A Thousand Days of Magic: Dressing Jacqueline Kennedy for the White House,” Mr. Cassini wrote, “All I remember about those days are nerves, and Jackie on the phone: ‘Hurry, hurry, Oleg, I’ve got nothing to wear.'”

Crystal bottle stopper, Oleg Cassini

Crystal bottle stopper, Oleg Cassini

“Fashion anticipates, and elegance is a state of mind”. Fashion designer and jeweler Oleg Cassini

1964 Oleg Cassini Turquoise & Rhinestone Stylized Spray Brooch

1964 Oleg Cassini Turquoise & Rhinestone Stylized Spray Brooch

Oleg Cassini jewellery - Modernist brooch. Gold, Metal, Faux Pearl, 1960s

Oleg Cassini jewellery – Modernist brooch. Gold, Metal, Faux Pearl, 1960s

Oleg Cassini Jewellery. Elegant Vintage Brooch with Faux Pearl. 1960s

Oleg Cassini Jewellery. Elegant Vintage Brooch with Faux Pearl. 1960s

Vintage 1964 Signed Oleg Cassini etsy shop by Tricia BJewelry. Gold Tone and Rhinestone Brooch Clips

Vintage 1964 Signed Oleg Cassini Jewelry. Gold Tone and Rhinestone Brooch Clip. etsy shop by Tricia B

Vintage set of necklace, brooch, earrings of rhinestone, seed pearl, 1950s Oleg Cassini jewellery

Vintage set of necklace, brooch, earrings of rhinestone, seed pearl, 1950s Oleg Cassini jewellery

Fashion designer Oleg Cassini

Fashion designer Oleg Cassini

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