the marchesa casati

John Galliano for Christian Dior, Haute couture, Spring Summer Collection, 1998.

Tribue to Marchesa Luisa Casati.

The Palais Garnier.

Marisa Berenson, as Marchesa Luisa Casati, for The Rothschild Ball, Photo by Cecil Beaton, 1972.

Tribute to Marchesa Luisa Casati

The Rothschilds held a ball at their mansion in Paris, France, on December 12, 1972. The theme was surrealism, so it is no surprise that Salvador Dali was there. Audrey Hepburn was there, too.  And, of course, Baron Guy de Rothschild and his wife Marie-Helene. Helene Rochas, wife of fashion designer Marcel Rochas, was there.

Guests at her other balls included Yul Brynner, Brigitte Bardot, Gregory and Veronique Peck, Rudolf Nureyev, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin, Cecil Beaton, Princess Grace of Monaco, Marisa Berenson, and the Duchess of Windsor.

“Ma ti guardo; e non ho mai avuto a caccia nella mira della mia carabina una fiera tanto nemica”

“Ah, come sapevo vivere, nelle mie piccole stanze, sul margine dei miei stagni pigri, possedevo i sogni delle città famose. Vedete, vedete: quelle del settentrione e quelle del mezzogiorno, le brune e le bionde, le grigie e le bianche…”

Forse che sì, forse che no

“Poni contro la mia maschera il tuo viso raggiante di Musa o il tuo viso mortifero di Medusa”

Cento e cento pagine…


John Galliano for Christian Dior, Haute couture, Spring Summer Collection, 1998.

Tribute to Marchesa Luisa Casati.

The Palais Garnier.

Actress, model and socialite Marisa Berenson dressed to resemble Marchesa Luisa Casati at The Proust Ball in 1971. Photograph by Cecil Beaton.