Apricot Dress and Coat

MO 63.1294a-b
Apricot Dress and Coat
Oleg Cassini (American, b. France, 1913-2006)
United States
Dress: 39 1/2 " center back; Coat: 42" center back
A sleeveless apricot colored, knee length dress with a slight V neckline. This dress is gathered at waist which is accented with a bow; the skirt is A-line. A boxy, apricot colored coat with 3/4 sleeves, a plain front and one button at the collar.
For a daytime boat ride on Lake Pichola, in Udaipur, India on March 17, 1962, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy wore this dress and matching coat of such elegant formality that they would not have been out of place at a fashionable cocktail party. However, the fabric was rigid enough to keep its composure in the heat of India. Its dazzling color and sheen were calculated to ensure that she would be instantly identifiable to the crowds on the distant shore as they watched her barge on its way to the maharana of Udaipur's White Palace, where she was feted that evening.
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