Some European Style Queens of Days Past (Part 1 of 2)

marchesa-casatiMarchesa Luisa Casati (1881-1957)

 

 

Marchesa was an eccentric Italian heiress who wore Dark eyeliner, bold jewelry, flowing robes, and a cheetah on a leash. She was immortalized by artists like Giovanno Boldini and Man Ray, and scandalized society with her
escapades.

 

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Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764)

 

The mistress of King Louis XV of France liked pastel rococo confections covered in bows and flowers that make Marie Antoinette’s outfits look bland. She was the patron of many artists and philosophers, including Voltaire, and wielded considerable influence over the King (she helped negotiate an alliance between France and Austria).

 

sara-murphySara Murphy (1883-1975)

 

A wealthy expatriate who lived in the South of France with her family and befriended many of the great artists and
writers of the 1920s. She loved bathing suits topped with long strands of pearls. Picasso painted her portrait and her family inspired characters in the books of Fitzgerald and Hemingway.

 

castiglione-pierson-antique-2Countess of Castiglione (1837-1899)

 

The mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France wore crinolines nearly too wide to fit through a door, bonnets and masks. She was one of the first people to use photography as a form of art and sat for portraits in which she revealed her bare legs and arms.

 

empress-elisabeth-of-austriaEmpress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898)

 

The Empress of Austria wore incredibly tight corsets, layers of petticoats, and jeweled hair ornaments. She spent hours styling her extremely long hair each morning and bedazzled it with cascades of diamond brooches and was known to wrap her ponytail in pearls) and still found time to help unite Austria and Hungary.

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