Remembering Jack Lord

Marie's Page

This is Marie's page, where she can talk about fashions --
and cooking -- and traveling . . .
The list just might go on and on!

She was a fashion designer… Originally, Marie thought designing would be very creative. But she found out that above all, it's a business, and a pretty hectic, cold-blooded one at that. She made a lot of money, but her work wasn't particularly appreciated. Now, …she rarely even sketches or draws any more. She does all her own sewing... and makes all her clothes. They're terrific -- people are always coming up to her and asking where she bought this or that. but she'd never be tempted to go back to the grind of turning designs out for money. ...Being a designer, she has wonderful color sense and a flair for drama.

                                                                                                                                                               ~ Jack Lord

Henderson, Barbara. "A Fabulous Love Story." Publication unknown. Circa 1957, pp. 41, 62-63ff.

Here’s a delightful website that shows and tells all about fashions of the 1920s through the 1960s. Plus, there’s a bonus: Some of these styles can be purchased.

These are the years when Marie actively designed fashions. Although this website originates in England, the styles look pretty authentic to me. Some of the terms differ; for example, what they call an “Americana zip jacket,” we would call an Eisenhower jacket. Just saying.

Be sure to follow the menu to see everything this fascinating site has to offer.

The Giant Needle and The Garment Worker

This stunning purple pants suit by Yves Saint Laurent was worn by Princess Dala (Claudia Cardinale) in the movie The Pink Panther (1963). It features an a-line tunic with a bateau neckline that is trimmed in pink and features long, slender sleeves; and matching, slender slacks that end at the ankles. Miss Cardinale wore the ensemble with matching low-heeled pumps. Mr. Saint Laurent designed the fashions for both Princess Dala and Inspector Clouseau's wife, Simone (Capucine).

The scene depicted in the photograph took place in a ski lodge in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, as tensions heated up about the missing Pink Panther diamond. Princess Dala's manservant, Saloud, was portrayed by James Lanphier, who appeared with Jack in The Fugitive / Goodbye, My Love.

It is interesting to note that the style has come back in vogue today. Now, tunics are worn with leggings, rather than slender slacks, and tend to be made in patterned fabrics.

Marie's Travels

Even before she married Jack, Marie was a world traveler. She sailed to and from France when she was studying art and fashion design in Paris. A passenger manifest shows her sailing from Boulogne su Mer, France, to New York aboard the SS Cleveland in 1927.

She also traveled to Havana, Cuba, in those long-before-Castro days when Cuba
was the vacationer's paradise that Hawai'i would later become. A passenger manifest shows her sailing from Havana to New York aboard the SS Orizaba in 1938. Another passenger manifest shows her taking a cruise aboard the SS Santa Paula from New York, through several wayports, and back to New York in 1940 (See below. Click each image for an enlargement.).

Look out, Jack! You're not the only one sailing the high seas.

Marie's Culinary Talents
In Hawaii Five-0, McGarrett claimed to make the best lasagna and cacciatore in the Islands ("My Friend, the Enemy," Season 10). In actual fact, the culinary expert was Marie! From her pumpkin-colored kitchen, she turned out meals from many countries around the world. She cooked French and Italian dishes, of course, but she also cooked Jewish food and Asian dishes and others. She claimed to have learned Italian cooking from Frank Sinatra.

Marie became very health-food conscious over time. Less cacciatore came from her kitchen than did the low-fat offerings from Asia and even from papaya trees. The focus shifted from keeping Jack camera-ready to protecting his heart.

Marie collects cookbooks and recipes. She has several file cabinets filled with recipes and all kinds of information about food. For example, she doesn't just have one recipe for soufflé. She has dozens. And she'll have a whole section devoted only to egg whites, for instance -- how to separate them, how to beat them and things to do with them. She has a whole card catalog that she devised. The whole thing's perfectly organized. Once, I remember, I just happened to say something about matzo ball soup. Before I knew it, Marie had boned up on the subject, read everything she could find on it, and we were eating the most fantastic matzo ball soup I'd ever tasted.

~ Jack Lord

Henderson, Barbara. "A Fabulous Love Story." Publication unknown. Circa 1957, pp. 41, 62-63ff.

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Jack's Aloha Shirts

Marie made Jack's long-sleeved aloha shirts. She made them in all colors, from black-and-white to yellows, greens, and reds. Invariably, Jack wore them with white twill slacks and white shoes. In the picture (left), he is seen wearing oxford; however, in many pictures, he he seen wearing white cowboy boots. Almost always, he was seen wearing a white lauhala hat, a hand-woven hat from Tahitian origins. See more of Jack's aloha shirts in Jack's Blog.

Marie's Dresses
From the 1960s and into the 1980s, Marie designed and made many dresses of very similar design. All were based on the Japanese Cheongsam dress in that they featured high collars and slender lines. Unlike the dresses of origin, which were either sleeveless or had cap sleeves, were fitted at the waist, and were street length, Marie's designs incorporated either fitted lines or a-line dresses with long sleeves. They featured higher collars and reached to the floor. She adapted them for either formal or casual wear, depending on the color and quality of the fabric selected. She invariably wore hats with her dresses. It is interesting to note that Jack's tie was often color coordinated with Marie's dress.

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                 Fitted waist with flared skirt                                             Fitted waist with slender skirt                                                   Informal, daytime fabric