Saturday, 17 July 2010

Marchesa Luisa Casati.

I love this woman.

A collector of palaces as well as animals. She wore snakes as necklaces and took cheetah's for naked walks at midnight. Employed gilt encrusted servants. WHY NOT??

A muse to futurists of the early 20th Century as well as a staple subject to the day's classicists she was infamous for her omnipresence and eccentricity. She directly inspired the "panther" design for Cartier and famously lost her pet boa constrictor during a stay at the Ritz. Good girl.

She kept the ashes of past lovers on her dining table during parties. Of course she did. Obviously, she amassed a debt of 25million dollars by 1930 so that kind of put the skids on her palace collection...OH WELL.

Luisa died in 1957 aged 76. Inscribed on her grave stone:

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.

(portrait by Man Ray)

An homage by Carine Roitfeld

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