Person

Edwin Schlossberg

A man and a woman walk out of a church, looking at each other. She wears a long white wedding dress with white flowers on top, holding a bouquet, and he wears a blue suit. A photographer stands in the darkened doorway behind them.

Willi Smith was an astonishing person—he was really tuned in to both the people around him and the environments around the people.

He always seemed comfortable as he moved around a room, concentrating on whoever was in front of him, not through his expressions but more through his eyes.

He composed clothes that drifted onto people rather than ones that were connected to them. He made bodies seem as if they were moving even when they were still. There was a gracefulness to the clothes and an edge that made you notice them.

It was a very happy day when I wore the suit he designed for my wedding to Caroline, and he made me feel great wearing it. I was so lucky that Laurie Mallet and Mark Bozek introduced me to him.

A man and a woman walk out of a church, looking at each other. She wears a long white wedding dress with white flowers on top, holding a bouquet, and he wears a blue suit. A photographer stands in the darkened doorway behind them.

Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg exit Church of Our Lady of Victory after wedding ceremony, July 19, 1986, Hyannis Port, Massachusetts


large group of groomsmen standing in line, side-by-side, in blue suit jackets and white trousers

Edwin Schlossberg’s wedding ushers in suits designed by Willi Smith, 1986