Oleg Cassini, called the “Secretary of Style” for his influence on fashion–he famously dressed Jacqueline Kennedy when she was First Lady–once lived here in the Hamptons. His house was in the tiny hamlet of Quiogue (pronounced “Kwy og” for those unfamiliar), which is located between Westhampton Beach and Quogue and is the place where Anderson Cooper (the scion of Gloria Vanderbilt) also now owns a home.
Mr. Cassini died in 2006 but his style influence lives on in the form of A-line, sheath and Empire designs. Aside from the fame he earned dressing Ms. Kennedy and a host of female movie stars, the descendant of Russian aristocracy had one heck of an interesting life. He nearly lost a leg in a childhood accident but went on to play soccer with “the Boys of Fiorentina,” ran track and skied for his university teams and played tennis for the Italian Jr. Davis Cup team, becoming Italian Jr. Champion. He also spoke at least five languages: Italian, Russian, French, Danish and English.
Cassini sailed to America after winning a duel, arriving on Christmas day in 1936. He brought with him just a tuxedo, two tennis rackets, a title and talent, according to his autobiography. Before turning to fashion and Hollywood, he worked as a political cartoonist in Washington D.C. His brother, Igor Cassini, was a world-renowned gossip columnist who wrote the Cholly Knickerbocker column.
Cassini’s summer cottage on Quiogue sits on 3.8 acres on Quantuck Bay. The property boasts seven fireplaces, a pool, tennis court and boat slip and is being repped by Town & Country Real Estate.
“I dressed Jackie to be a star in a major film, which she was, the most famous first lady of all time. I became her secretary of style.”— Oleg Cassini
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