Saturday, January 24, 2015

marchesa luisa casati

Luisa Casati, born 134 years ago today, was a legend in her lifetime. She aspired to be a work of art, and was indeed immortalized by painters including Giovanni Boldini and Kees Van Dongen, yet she was famous for being “the most daring and extravagant woman in Europe,” per the 1930s press. Among her indulgences were fashion—she favored Fortuny and Poiret—and animals; in addition to her elegant borzois, she had parrots, a monkey, and pet cheetahs, which she was said to have walked on jeweled leads while wearing the emperor’s new clothes under her furs. Vogue