Posts Tagged: Marchesa Casati

LudwigSissi

Circles: Ludwig II/Sissi

The Austrian empress and the Bavarian king were cousins and might have been in-laws as well if Ludwig hadn’t broken off his engagement with Sissi’s sister Sophie.

LudwigSissi

Circles: Ludwig II/Sissi

The Austrian empress and the Bavarian king were cousins and might have been in-laws as well if Ludwig hadn’t broken off his engagement with Sissi’s sister Sophie.

MontesquiouCasati

Places: Palais Rose, Le Vésinet

Montesquiou first laid eyes on the house in 1908 and announced that he would die if it were not his the following day. Well, it took two days to secure a sale agreement but the silly old drama queen somehow managed to cling to life.

MontesquiouCasati

Places: Palais Rose, Le Vésinet

Montesquiou first laid eyes on the house in 1908 and announced that he would die if it were not his the following day. Well, it took two days to secure a sale agreement but the silly old drama queen somehow managed to cling to life.

Casati fountain

Dress-down Friday: Marchesa Casati

Casati’s total self-possession ensures no one could mistake her costume for anything as banal as a sight gag. But it’s not just an arresting image, it’s also a visual metaphor for the Marchesa herself.

Casati fountain

Dress-down Friday: Marchesa Casati

Casati’s total self-possession ensures no one could mistake her costume for anything as banal as a sight gag. But it’s not just an arresting image, it’s also a visual metaphor for the Marchesa herself.

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Requiem for a marchesa

The Marchesa was laid out in the black and leopard finery that had served as her uniform for the past decade…Before the coffin was sealed, one of Luisa’s stuffed Pekinese was slipped inside to rest at her feet.

P_11Jun_Marchesa

Requiem for a marchesa

The Marchesa was laid out in the black and leopard finery that had served as her uniform for the past decade…Before the coffin was sealed, one of Luisa’s stuffed Pekinese was slipped inside to rest at her feet.

P_11Mar_Eric

Strange Flowers guide to London: part 3

The choice of blue plaque honourees is leadenly conservative and sometimes bafflingly perverse, celebrating lesser colonial administrators known only to their mothers. Or it may be that current residents would rather not have their homes associated with drunks, deviants and diabolists.

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Strange Flowers guide to London: part 3

The choice of blue plaque honourees is leadenly conservative and sometimes bafflingly perverse, celebrating lesser colonial administrators known only to their mothers. Or it may be that current residents would rather not have their homes associated with drunks, deviants and diabolists.

P_11Jan_Marchesa

Casati continues to captivate…

Marchesa Casati/Is a living doll/Pinned on my Frisco/Skid row wall

P_11Jan_Marchesa

Casati continues to captivate…

Marchesa Casati/Is a living doll/Pinned on my Frisco/Skid row wall

Henry Cyril Paget

Marquess Casati

This vision, dressed in something George Clinton might have rejected as being a little OTT, would be amazing enough if it had stepped out of a 1970s rock opera, or a disco fantasia about a mission to Mars manned exclusively by Village People.

Henry Cyril Paget

Marquess Casati

This vision, dressed in something George Clinton might have rejected as being a little OTT, would be amazing enough if it had stepped out of a 1970s rock opera, or a disco fantasia about a mission to Mars manned exclusively by Village People.

Molinier preview

A Casati family tree

Casati claimed to be her own work of art, but it was a work with its own set of influences. Her crepuscular glamour, for instance, owed much to Elisabeth of Austria and her cousin Ludwig II and she vied with Montesquiou as the Countess de Castiglione’s posthumous BFF.

Molinier preview

A Casati family tree

Casati claimed to be her own work of art, but it was a work with its own set of influences. Her crepuscular glamour, for instance, owed much to Elisabeth of Austria and her cousin Ludwig II and she vied with Montesquiou as the Countess de Castiglione’s posthumous BFF.

Ronald Firbank

Concerning the Eccentricities of Ronald Firbank

Firbank, it seems, was born blushing; his associates never fail to mention his social awkwardness, particularly the incessant fluttering of hands and the hysterical laughter which would periodically erupt, leaving him incapable of completing an anecdote.

Ronald Firbank

Concerning the Eccentricities of Ronald Firbank

Firbank, it seems, was born blushing; his associates never fail to mention his social awkwardness, particularly the incessant fluttering of hands and the hysterical laughter which would periodically erupt, leaving him incapable of completing an anecdote.

Countess de Castiglione

The countess in the afterlife

Today, curating one’s own image is a pursuit available to anyone with a Facebook account and a digital camera; this phenomenon arguably began with the Countess de Castiglione in Second Empire France.

Countess de Castiglione

The countess in the afterlife

Today, curating one’s own image is a pursuit available to anyone with a Facebook account and a digital camera; this phenomenon arguably began with the Countess de Castiglione in Second Empire France.