Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Inauguration Day, 1961
Oleg Cassini designed this sable-trimmed outfit for Jackie Kennedy to wear to her husband’s Inauguration on January 20, 1961. To quote Cassini, “What I wanted for Mrs. Kennedy was a uniquely simple, not ostentatious, fashion statement that would show off her beauty and elegance.”
The Franklin Mint has done a very good job with this collection; informational inserts accompany each outfit that include photos of Jackie herself wearing the fashion as well as reproductions of the sketches that Cassini drew. The Jackie doll itself is beautiful; like many of the Mint’s dolls though, the eye-paint is a little garish with the deer-in-the-headlight look (I have adjusted them in photoshop to make them look more natural) and the hands are a little on the masculine side. Trying to pose this doll for my photos really showed off the limited potential due to the lack of articulation.
The JFK doll is just...well, a little odd. It looks like him, but it also has more of a cartoon-like sculpt, especially noticeable when posed next to Jackie. I can only assume this doll was a bomb, as no further fashions were ever released for him. He is forever stuck in his ill-fitting navy blue suit.
You will discover that this coat fits very well, but do not attempt to put the matching dress on that it comes with underneath; much too clunky and makes her look very bulky.
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