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Elsie de Wolfe

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First lady of style. Ushered in the end of the Victorian Era.

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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 w. movie star Mary Pickford during dinner/dance party she hosted at the British Embassy. Elsie De Wolfe, Mary Pickford, Villa, 20th Century Fashion, Aristocats, High Society, Lady, Movie Stars, Interior Decorating

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

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, Mother Painting, American Interior, Showcase Design, Architectural Digest, Old Hollywood, Hollywood Regency, Decoration, Icon Design

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. Stanford White, Elsie De Wolfe, Hot Flashes, We The People, Normal People, Photos Of Women, New Perspective, Vintage Glamour, Strike A Pose

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 by Walter Gay. Oil on canvas, c. Elsie De Wolfe, Decoration, Art Decor, Trianon Versailles, Villa, Interior Rendering, Interior Design, Vintage Interiors, French Interiors

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

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Look Back at the Height of Paris’s Pre–World War II Parties

Rare photos from Elsie de Wolfe's dazzling Circus Balls.

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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

Sir George Clerk, the British ambassador to France; Elsie de Wolfe, in her Mainbocher dress of organza with pastel-tinted plaid stripes; and Sir Charles Mendl on the half-round banquette in the center of the dance pavilion. Elsie De Wolfe, History Magazine, Old Money, High Society, People Around The World, World War Ii, Vintage Fashion, Wedding Dresses, Celebrities

The Fabulous Parties of Elsie de Wolfe

A new book on decorator and hostess Elsie de Wolfe celebrates her elaborate fêtes before the start of World War II

Decorator Elsie de Wolfe, Lady Mendl by Cecil Beaton. She was a successful actress, influential decorator and international hostess. Victorian Interiors, Victorian Era, Nyc In December, Elsie De Wolfe, Gramercy Park, American Interior, Cecil Beaton, Icon Design, Lady

Decorator Elsie de Wolfe, Lady Mendl by Cecil Beaton. She was a successful actress, influential decorator and international hostess.

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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.

Elsie de Wolfe - American Actress, interior decorator, lived almost 40 years openly in a lesbian relationship with Bessie Marbury. She married Sir Charles Mendl at age Elsie De Wolfe, Ella Anderson, American Decor, Fashion Designer, High Society, Modern Interior Design, Graphic, American Actress, Icon Design

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…

Eye-opening images of the final lavish bash thrown by the socialite Elsie de Wolfe are revealed Steve Schmidt, French Homes, Elsie De Wolfe, Parisian Apartment, Morning Joe, The Allure, Mail Online, Daily Mail, Her Style

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.

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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.

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Wild Wolfe

One of America’s first female decorators, Elsie de Wolfe was also prewar Europe’s great party animal. A new book details the life of the famous hostess.