INGENUE TO ICON: 70 Years of Fashion


INGENUE TO ICON: 70 Years of Fashion

HILLWOOD ESTATE MUSEUM    Book Number: 85738    Product format: Hardback

Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973) lived through the Roaring Twenties and the 1960s and embodied the extreme transformations and evolving status of women, reflected in the fashions of the time. She started out emulating the Gibson Girl as a demure 18 year old Edwardian bride in yards of lace and leg of mutton sleeves. Later she and husband E. F. Hutton were the 'it' couple of the 20s, entertaining in New York, Palm Beach, always in the most up-to-date fashions, attending elegant dinners and fancy dress balls. When she married diplomat Joseph E. Davies in 1935, she became 'ambassadress' with all the wardrobe gravitas which that position demanded. The epitome of style and grace, she knew her fashions would be charted and reported by the press throughout her lifetime. In 1957 at nearly 70 years old, Marjorie established the Hillwood Museum and filled it with her magnificent collections of Russian Imperial and French 18th and 19th century decorative art. Here are her public and private lives through the lens of fashion and the study of her personal costume collection, from her exquisite wedding trousseau to glamorous beaded dresses. Her first husband wrote 'Mission to Moscow' the bestseller detailing his career as the former Ambassador to the Soviet Union, published in 1941. Warner Bros. adapted the book into a film and Chief costume designer Orry-Kelly who dressed the actors including Ingrid Bergman created a velvet gown for Marjorie to wear in a portrait to promote the film. He embellished the long sleeved black gown with rhinestones on the shoulders, pearl roping, and leaves embroidered with silver metal thread. It found its way into Marjorie's closet. Beautiful parasols, hats, evening gowns in silk charmeuse and cream organza and tulle, silk chiffons, fox fur, blue glass beads, bejewelled shoes to feminine day dresses, this woman was the epitome of style, grace and taste. Feminine fashions with cinched waists and elegant lines were the kinds of styles that appealed to her. Spectacular colour photographs of the costumes, contemporary photographs and portraits and an introduction on the original manuscript, a glossary of designers and dressmakers and index. Marjorie was one of the first females to serve on the board of a major corporation and she was also a philanthropist, patron of the arts, and a socialite. A spectacular gallery, in colour. Navy blue silk satin embossed binding, 168 very big glossy pages. 8½" x ¼".
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ISBN 9781907804403
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