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.

Follow my Gene Marshall, Madra Lord, Zita Charles, Violet Waters, Trent Osborn, and other classic movie star doll updates on Twitter. See more Gene Marshall & Friends photos at my regular website.

No comments:

Post a Comment