Elsie De Wolfe/Lady Mendl, 1939
Famed interior decorator Lady Mendl (L), wife of Sir Charles Mendl, press attache to the British Embassy, clad in organza gown designed by Mainbocher as she chats with movie star Mary Pickford during dinner/dance party she hosted at the British Embassy. Paris, France, 1939
An account of the life of interior designer Elsie de Wolfe, famous for saying "I am going to make everything around me beautiful, that will be my life" | The Interior Design Showcase
Elsie de Wolfe was born plain and as a result hated everything that was ugly and mediocre. She flew into a tantrum as a child when her mother painted their family home sitting room a hideous colour redolent of William Morris (whom Elsie loathed). She made her career creating interiors that were the direct opposite of his “dingy style” using Chinoiserie, Palladian touches and with lots of white and light colours.
By opening the windows and stripping the patterns and dark moods of decor Elsie De Wolfe opened the eyes of America to a whole new perspective in design during the Victorian Era.
Le Salon Carr De La Villa Trianon - Walter Gay | Wikioo.org - The Encyclopedia of Fine Arts
Wikioo.org - The Encyclopedia of Fine Arts - Painting, Artwork by Walter Gay - Le Salon Carr De La Villa Trianon
The Fabulous Life of Decorator to the Stars Elsie de Wolfe
An inside look into the rarefied world of Old Hollywood’s most famous interiors maven
Elsie de Wolfe | Biography, Designs, & Facts
Elsie de Wolfe, American interior decorator, hostess, and actress, best known for her innovative and anti-Victorian interiors. Her first commission, the interior of the Colony Club in New York, demonstrated her signature principles of design: simplicity, airiness, and visual unity.
Designer Profile: Elise de Wolfe
Should Elise de Wolfe (also known as Lady Mendl) lived today she would surely be a fixture in weekly celebrity periodicals more often than not for her eccentric habits, open relationship with a woman and, if for nothing else, showing up to a black tie function in Paris dressed as a Moulin Rouge dancer… doing handstands. Perhaps to be such a creative talent and female pioneer of the design world she needed to be so outlandish; de Wolfe started her career in design after leaving the stage…
Inside Elsie de Wolfe's last ball: Incredible images of pre-war party
It was not just the parties Elise de Wolfe, then known as Lady Mendl, threw which were extravagant - the woman herself was quite remarkable.
Lady Mendl wearing a black cire evening gown by Mainbocher, and a...
Lady Mendl wearing a black cire evening gown by Mainbocher, and a spiral aquamarine-and-diamond headdress by Cartier, with her dog.