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

Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1865-1932) 

A baronet and the subject of one of John Singer Sargent’s most famous society portraits had dark hair pulled back into a bun, white dresses and a piercing stare. She is proof of the power of art – this portrait (along with the sizeable clothing budget she received from her older husband) launched her as one of the leaders of England’s high society.


Misia Sert (1872-1950)


An arbiter of Parisian society who was close with Coco Chanel and many famous artists had gibson girl hair, long lace dresses, large hats piled high with faux flowers. She was named as the ‘Queen of Paris’ by the tabloids and helped support her struggling bohemian friends, including Sergei Diaghilev.


Evelyn Nesbit (1884-1967)


A model/actress whose husband murdered her former lover, the celebrated architect Stanford White. She wore long locks, tight cosets, and scandalously bare shoulders. She was a supermodel before the word existed.




Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979)


She was an artist who painted colorful geometric paintings and fabric patterns. Her signature style was towear cloche hats, bold prints and dark lipstick. She was the first living female artist to have a retrospective at the Louvre.




Lesley Blanch (1904-2007)


A British author and historian who loved caftans, scarves and exotic jewelry picked up on her voyages. She travelled around the world and wrote about her experiences in many celebrated memoirs and novels.

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