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Elsie de Wolfe: A Life in the High Style By Jane S. Smith Diana Vreeland,

  • Title: Elsie de Wolfe: A Life in the High Style
  • Author: Jane S. Smith Diana Vreeland
  • ISBN: 9780689111419
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is the first full scale life of one of the most flamboyant and influential women of the late 19th and 20th century Actress, tastemaker, businesswoman, feminist, and hostess, Elsie de Wolfe, Lady Mendl, reigned supreme over turn of the century New York, cafe society Paris and wartime Hollywood Her fabulous parties were de rigueur her skills as an interior decoratoThis is the first full scale life of one of the most flamboyant and influential women of the late 19th and 20th century Actress, tastemaker, businesswoman, feminist, and hostess, Elsie de Wolfe, Lady Mendl, reigned supreme over turn of the century New York, cafe society Paris and wartime Hollywood Her fabulous parties were de rigueur her skills as an interior decoratorwhich profession she virtually inventedvolutionized 20th century design her advice on art and decoration helped build the collections of Fricks, Vanderbilts and Morgans her derring doe flew lines during World War I earned her the French Legion of Honor And the eccentricities of her personal life notably her bachelor relationship with powerful impresario and politician Bessie Marbury, followed by her sudden marriage to the knight with the shadowy past, Sir Charles Mendl gossip columns going for decades She marched down Fifth Ave for women s rights, taught Wallis Simpson how to make a home fit for a King, and helped transform a row of tenements on Manhattan s east side into Sutton Place On Broadway, Ethel Barry understudied her Around her swirled everyone from the richest families of Europe and America, to the great names of Hollywood, to such luminaries as Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, and Cecil Beaton.
    Elsie de Wolfe A Life in the High Style This is the first full scale life of one of the most flamboyant and influential women of the late th and th century Actress tastemaker businesswoman feminist and hostess Elsie de Wolfe Lady

    One thought on “Elsie de Wolfe: A Life in the High Style”

    1. I am obsessed with Elsie de Wolfe On seeing the Parthenon for the first time, she exclaimed, Oh It s beige MY color Witty, wicked, talented to her toes, she led a gorgeous and busy life, hobnobbing with the glitterati, decorating for the Windsors, the Vanderbilts, the Fricks and When the bill came for a week s stay in the hospital, de Wolfe sent them back an even bigger bill for her services to them from her sickbed, she d redecorated the ugly wing in which she d stayed She had panache And tha [...]

    2. Who knew She looks like a tight assed old lady on the cover, but her life was remarkably unconventional, and interesting and fun a pretty cool story

    3. loved it I love reading about the high style and she and her partner Bessie Marbury were wonderfully independent they made the lives they wanted for themselves.

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