Style Icons: Female »Marchesa Luisa Casati

Marchesa Luisa Casati This legendary exotic beauty and style icon was the embodiment of decadence and excess. She is famously remembered for causing scandal and influencing trends everywhere she went.

Just listen to this portion of the article on the official Casati website: “Nude servants gilded in gold leaf attended her. Bizarre wax mannequins sat as guests at her dining table, some of them even rumored to contain the ashes of past lovers. She wore live snakes as jewelry and was infamous for her evening strolls, naked beneath her furs whilst parading cheetahs on diamond-studded leashes. ”

Eat your heart out Paris Hilton. She is also one of the most photographed, sculpted, and painted women ever, commissioning artists such as Man Ray and Giacomo Balla to capture her essence. Of course such extravagances came at a cost – she ended up 25 million dollars in debt in 1930. But she bounced back with new admirers and a slightly less over the top lifestyle.

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Posted on November 20, 2006

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