perle mesta

Perle Mesta, after her famous stint as the ‘Call Me Madam’ American Ambassador to Luxembourg, was anxious to write about her experiences. We were discussing the possibility on this visit to Look’s offices. We were photographed in the lovely room I created, using the eighteenth-century boiserie sent me from Paris by Margaret Biddle. I used it as a sitting-room from which to escape by crowded, busy office next door, where the real work of editing was done.

—Fleur Cowles, 1975