Designer Norman Norell proudly standing amongst his muses: models dressed in his signature sequined sheath gowns along with the Marchesa Luisa Casati, portrayed in Kees van Dongen’s 1921 painting, The Quai, Venice. Photo by Milton Greene, Life Magazine, September, 1960.

Norman Norell owned the portait of the eccentric Marchesa Luisa Casati (the same Marchesa who inspired the label Marchesa by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig) and designed his Fall 1960 collection in her honor.

A 1997 portrait of the late Isabella Blow, wearing Christian Lacroix and what looks like a hat fashioned from pheasant feathers. Blow was a fashion editor, stylist and muse who discovered and nurtured the likes of Alexander McQueen, milliner Philip Treacy, and Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman.

Known for her singular style, Blow secretly suffered from depression and took her life 10 years after this photo was taken. It was a loss that reverberated throughout the industry, made even more searing when her prodigy McQueen committed suicide in 2010. The world had lost a woman with a very distinct sense of self and a talent for spotting talent.

At her memorial, former boss Anna Wintour said that Blow not only wore fabulous clothes to work but also cleaned her desk with Perrier and Chanel perfume. Photo from Vogue Italia, March 1997.

anonymous asked:

So interesting that Kate chose Marchesa for a very high profile and important event. Hopefully this starts a wonderful partnership between the two. 😊

She’ll probably get shit for it because although the designers were born in Britain, Marchesa is not considered a British label as they don’t show in London. But putting the obvious storm it will cause aside, I would be so down for Marchesa being her new go to designer because I love their gowns and I think Kate and Georgina Chapman should be best friends