Elsie De Wolfe's Paris: Frivolity Before the Storm
By: Charlie Scheips (author)Hardback
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The American decorator Elsie de Wolfe (1865-1950) was the International Set's preeminent social arbiter, hostess and tastemaker in the interwar years. In Versailles, in 1938 and 1939, she held two fabulous parties--her Circus Balls--that marked the end of High Society as the tides of war swept through Europe. In May 1940, De Wolfe escaped the city in her chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce, making her way to America. In Elsie de Wolfe's Paris, 1938-1940, social historian Charlie Scheips tells the story of these glamorous and troubling years in meticulous and vivid detail, using a wealth of visual material, including a cache of previously unpublished photographs of De Wolfe's balls, to recreate her milieu. He introduces the large cast of aristocrats, beauties, politicians, fashion designers, Hollywood luminaries, business moguls and artists and writers, that comprised "society" in those years and explores the dense web of relationships that held it together. Elsie de Wolfe's Paris is a landmark work of glamorous social history and a poignant vision of a vanished world.
Charlie Scheips is a freelance curator, art advisor, writer and cultural historian based in New York City. He was the founding director of the Conde Nast Archive in New York and before that chief assistant to artist David Hockney. His books include John Rawlings: 30 Years in Vogue, Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died and American Fashion.
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