giovanni mocenigo

Art Deco illustration by Jean Pages, Marchesa Luisa Casati’s Soirée Magique (Magic Night) at Le Palais Rose, Vesinet, 30 June, 1927.

Published in Vogue Paris, September 1927.

Marchesa Luisa Casati threw a lavish party that was considered poor taste in economically straitened times. On 30 June 1927 guests arrived for a Soirée Magique at the Palais Rose in Paris she had christened “The Palace of Dreams”. Captured for Vogue Paris by the photographer Baron George Hoyningen-Huene. The evening had been carefully staged, but when a storm struck, guests were forced to flee in a pandemonium of soggy wigs and crinoline.

There was also a parade in carriage, Queen Marie-Antoinette (the Viscountess Jean de Segonzac) and the Count of Artois (Pierre Meyer), then the late arrival of the serpent that four Egyptians brought, A sarcophagus, but when supper was returned to the drawing-rooms, one could cry out his admiration at the serpent of black jet, which was the Duchesse de Gramont, née Ruspoli; One could see and congratulate the Giovanni Mocenigo, in his habit (the Count of Beaumont) walking his costume as Doge Giovanni Mocenigo.