How to Join
the Fashion Spot / All Things Vintage / Icons From The Past
FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Rules Links Mobile How to Join
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
11-08-2005
  1
barcode
 
Spike413's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: New York
Gender: homme
Posts: 14,384
Marchesa Luisa Casati
Well, I didn't find any threads on her, so mods, I appologize if it does need to be merged.


I thought this would be an appropriate thread because Luisa Casati was just a facinating woman in all aspects of her life. She was eccentric, even by today's standards, she was dark, decadent, glamourous and scandalous....way before it was ever de rigeur to be so. Her appearence was memorable, with the palest of white skin, blood red lips, unusually large kohl rimmed eyes (made all the more unusual looking by drops of belladonna, which dilated the larger then natural) all topped by a tousled mane of flame red hair. Casati infamously walked her pet cheetahs around Venice, naked underneath her fur coat, had a staff of gilded nude males attend her, and held the most lavish of parties. If not for her, Paris Hilton et al would have nothing to do. She was a great patron of the arts such as painting, sculpture, photography and (most appropriate here) fashion. She was outfitted by designers including Poiret, Fortuny, Bakst, Vionnet and Schiaparelli; played muse to artists including Boldini, Van Dongen, Man Ray and Beaton, just to name a few.

Contemporary designers and artists have been inspired by her unusual beauty and eccentric style as well, most notibly by John Galliano for his s/s 98 Dior HC show but apparently inspired Visconti and was one of many influences for the YSL s/s 04 collection (did not know that)





photos: Style.com


painting by Van Dongen

photo: Marchesacasati.com


photographed in a Bakst costume, portrait by Van Dongen

photos: Repubblica.it


portrait by Alberto Martini, photo by Adolph de Meyer

photos: art-is-life.com


photo by Man Ray

__________________
You need to move fashion forward when there's a reason to move fashion forward - Tom Ford


Last edited by Spike413; 11-08-2005 at 12:49 PM.
  Reply With Quote
 
11-08-2005
  2
V.I.P.
 
MulletProof's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Gender: femme
Posts: 24,721
love those images, spike.
thanks for bringing in such a lovely piece of history

__________________
Metal teeth of carousels.
  Reply With Quote
11-08-2005
  3
barcode
 
Spike413's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: New York
Gender: homme
Posts: 14,384
You're quite welcome!

Fashion inspired by her.....

Christian Dior haute couture s/s 1998





photos: Firstview.com


YSL Rive Gauche s/s 04 (actually, I can kinda see it, especially the hair and makeup)





photos: Style.com

__________________
You need to move fashion forward when there's a reason to move fashion forward - Tom Ford

  Reply With Quote
11-08-2005
  4
front row
 
Strut's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Ontario
Gender: femme
Posts: 268
Very interesting! I've never heard of her but I definitely won't forget

  Reply With Quote
14-08-2005
  5
a dim capacity for wings
 
Estella*'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: la rue
Gender: femme
Posts: 7,651
thanks for the thread, spike. she really is inspiration....
i know there are more fans of her here but star style is just moving too fast
she was mentioned twice here (i know, i'm always promoting my threads:p):
http://www.thefashionspot.com/forums...ht=style+icons


by giovanni boldini from www.jssgallery.org
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Marchesa_Luisa_Casati_with_a_Greyhound.jpg (46.9 KB, 14 views)

__________________
mode schoepfung
estella mare
  Reply With Quote
25-09-2005
  6
far from home...
 
DosViolines's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Gender: femme
Posts: 3,253
I had never heard of Marchesa Luisa Casati until last month, when I read a blurb about her in the Elle (US) september issue. Just click on the image:


^ Scanned it myself

She certainly was a fascinating woman, in a creepy sort of way :p

  Reply With Quote
25-09-2005
  7
far from home...
 
DosViolines's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Gender: femme
Posts: 3,253
source: style.com

Quote:

Today, scandalous socialites are a dime a dozen, but the Marchesa Luisa Casati was a true original. Born in 1881 to a wealthy Milanese industrial family, Casati did nothing by halves. She whitened her already ivory skin, grew her copper hair down her back, and added luster to her remarkable green eyes with regular doses of belladonna drops. Let other society ladies carry lap dogs; she draped herself in snakes, and walked her pet cheetahs across Venice at night wearing nothing but a fur coat. Casati covered her servants in gold leaf, held black Masses, gave lavish parties, and indulged in Poiret and Fortuny clothes and Cartier jewels.Her greatest passion was the arts (and sometimes the artists; viz., her notorious affair with the writer Gabriele D'Annunzio). Everyone from Giovanni Boldini to Man Ray painted, sculpted, or photographed la Marchesa. Later, when the funds ran out, she withdrew to London, where she lived in relative obscurity until her death in 1957. That's just the barest gloss on an uncommon personality; fortunately for the curious, a new and completely updated edition of Scot D. Ryersson and Michael Orlando Yaccarino's biography Infinite Variety: The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati has just come out with even more detail. Take that, Paris Hilton!

—Janet Ozzard
Images from the slideshow. i didn't post all images, cause some were already posted in the thread

source: style.com
Quote:

Casati in her early twenties, circa 1905.


In fancy dress, shot by an unknown photographer, around 1912.


A pen-and-ink portrait by Roberto Montenegro, 1914.


With one of her pet snakes, at a ball in Paris, 1920's.


As Salomé, by Alastair, circa 1920's.


Portrait Behind a Small Greenhouse Plant, Ball in Hand, Behind Glass, by Man Ray, 1922.

  Reply With Quote
16-05-2006
  8
Been things & seen places
 
Orchide's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Echo Park, California
Gender: femme
Posts: 3,815
I have the book "Magnificent Obsession" on Casati
Love her...she had wild animals for pets & was so very striking and strange.

__________________
www.vivlish.com
  Reply With Quote
16-05-2006
  9
trendsetter
 
Lily530's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: in my powder pink boudoir
Gender: femme
Posts: 1,373
Oh how divine! Orchide I have that book as well...but I haven't read it yet.

  Reply With Quote
18-05-2006
  10
scenester
 
daisies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Los Angeles
Gender: femme
Posts: 86
So glad you started this thread- Spike!
I adore her too. My favorite things I've read about her fashion style- were the crazy things she did to her body before parties or going out to the opera. Supposedly she once had her driver kill a chicken or rooster and pour the blood down her pale white arms right before a performance so that it dried down her arm in a pattern. She also put strange drops in her eyes to dilute the pupils so that they were all green. I like that you can read that entire book about her & she still remains so mysterious. They said she was the most replicated woman in art aside from the Virgin Mary at one point. I'm not sure if that is true or not? Her style was unforgettable

  Reply With Quote
19-05-2006
  11
trendsetter
 
Lily530's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: in my powder pink boudoir
Gender: femme
Posts: 1,373
Vosges had a collection of chocolates named after her: Marchese Collection. They were truffles topped with pearl dust.

  Reply With Quote
19-05-2006
  12
trendsetter
 
valerique's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: USA
Gender: femme
Posts: 1,063
Notoriety
from wikipedia:

The Marchesa Luisa Casati [1] (1881-1957) lived in the unfinished Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Venice, (now the Peggy Guggenheim Collection) between about 1910 and 1924.

She was born the second daughter of a wealthy cotton manufacturer, Alberto Amman and his wife Lucia Bressi, and the early deaths of her parents made Luisa and her elder sister, Francesca, the wealthiest heiresses in Italy.
She was beautiful, and an extravagant hostess to the Ballets Russes, as well as the subject of numerous portraits by artists as various as Giovanni Boldini, Paul Troubetzkoy, Romaine Brooks, Kees van Dongen, Man Ray and Augustus John. Her dances hosted by her often had famous participants performing, such as Isadora Duncan. She often astonished the Venetians by parading with a pair of leashed pet cheetahs.
As the concept of a dandy was expanded in the 20th century to include women dandies, the marchesa Casati suited the role, once proclaiming: "I want to be a living work of art", the true instinct of every dandy. It was once said that "Everywhere she went, she set trends, inspired genius and astounded even the most jaded members of the international aristocracy." [2] She was flamboyant, and had numerous friends and admirers throughout the artistic and writing communities. Her often brash and open sexuality included bisexuality, with close friends in the majority lesbian writing communities, including Peggy Guggenheim, Natalie Barney, Djuna Barnes, and Bryher. Her most notable bisexual affair was with Natalie Barney's longtime lesbian lover, artist Romaine Brooks.

  Reply With Quote
19-05-2006
  13
trendsetter
 
valerique's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: USA
Gender: femme
Posts: 1,063
i don't undesrtand why Paris Hilton is brought up here - she is a typical glossy socialite, can't see a bit of extravaganza in her image. It's like comparing plastic glam and avantgarde.

  Reply With Quote
26-05-2006
  14
backstage pass
 
Little Star's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Australia
Gender: femme
Posts: 645
After coming across this thread, I went on to read about her...she is so unbelievably fascinating! I hope to find her biography 'Infinite Variety'...has anyone read this?

  Reply With Quote
26-05-2006
  15
Been things & seen places
 
Orchide's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Echo Park, California
Gender: femme
Posts: 3,815
Quote:
Originally Posted by Little Star
After coming across this thread, I went on to read about her...she is so unbelievably fascinating! I hope to find her biography 'Infinite Variety'...has anyone read this?
I just realised that this is the book I have for some reason, I chose to rename it Magnificent Obsession up above which is completely different :p
This book is a bit of a "dry" read...meaning its not the juiciest or most gossipy but has great pictures and even just written in a dry way, her life is so amazing, it still comes off as lurid

__________________
www.vivlish.com
  Reply With Quote
Reply
Previous Thread | Next Thread »

Tags
casati, luisa, marchesa
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

monitoring_string = "058526dd2635cb6818386bfd373b82a4"


 
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:41 AM.
Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
TheFashionSpot.com is a property of TotallyHer Media, LLC, an Evolve Media LLC company. ©2014 All rights reserved.