Apricot Silk Zibeline Dress (MO 63.1294a)

Apricot Silk Ziberline Dress

Designer: Oleg Cassini (American, b. France, 1913-2006)

Place made: USA

Material: Silk zibeline

Date Made: 1962

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 an A-line. The dress is accompanied by a matching boxy 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. 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.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA; accession number MO 63.1294a