Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Marchesa Luisa Casati
1881 - 1946
"A continent in the claws of a Cheetah"
Smooth, Elegant and Dangerous
Exotic -Dramatic - Extravagant - intense - Burning Desire -Dominant- look at the eyes and the expression of this woman..for over three decades she ruled as an icon, a sculpture, a woman of inspiration- for a continent..(Still we find the memory of her in fashion and design etc. flare up once more).She lived at several Palazzos one was Venier dei Leoni - Venice - Italy. This is the woman who had her pet Cheetahs as part of her dramatic appearance - She introduced snakes as jewellery - we do not experience that to often...
Eccentric - Eccentric - Eccentric..
She would make an imprint and an impression which would not be forgotten on all people she ever came in contact with - Jean Cocteau - Colette -Cecil Beaton - Erté - Baron Adolph de Meyer - Man Ray -Nijinsky - Isadora Duncan - Picasso - Marcel Proust - Comte Robert de Montesquiou - Elsa Schiaparelli- Coco Chanel.
She was titled Marchesa di Roma and was the inspiration for Cartier's panther. Love for Palaces, her exotic animals and an extravagant taste for life which, would one day have her in a dept of 25 million dollars.
Her appearance made her a legend throughout the continent. When I write living sculptures about women - one of her expressions was that she would like to be a living piece of art. Definitely.