Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Chic Reads: Cafe Society

If you looking for a book that chronicles those who used to be en vogue, I highly suggest Cafe Society: Socialites, Patrons, and Artists 1920-1960.  It's a fascinating primer on the heyday of international high society and their world.  The book includes includes a myriad of chapters that include aristocrats, wealthy Americans, socialites, chic places, interior designers, courtiers and jewelers, fashion editors and models, photographers, artists, ballet dancers, musicians, and writers.   Some of the people profiled are The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Marie-Laure de Noailles, Daisy Fellowes, Lady Cunard, Alexis de Rede, Porfirio Rubirosa, Lady Mendl, Elsa Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, Diana Vreeland, Horst, Alexandre Serebriakoff, Cole Porter, and Noel Coward. The best part has to be the pages reproduced from the scrapbooks of Baron de Cabrol that illustrate much of the book.  The collages made up of artwork and photographs are filled with images of a bygone era made up of over the top balls and holidays in the South of France.  As his wife Baronne de Cabrol was quoted, "We really were very lucky," she said with a hint of nostalgia. "Life just isn't like that any more." Ain't that the truth!












15 comments:

patuxxa said...

Oh, dear - that's been on my (ever growing) Amazon wishlist for a while and now I'm sure it will be my next buy...

Peace Love & All Things Creative said...

ohh i want this....:)

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

Gorgeous book! Looks like it's full of inspiration!

Cupcake said...

Beautiful!
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Michael said...

Thanks so much for the tip; a most glamorous era to capture in a book. That initial photo of heiress Barbara Hutton says it all, doesn't it? Wordly weary after so many wordly pleasures; and she was still so young when that photo was taken.

Jeanne-Aelia Desparmet-Hart said...

My father followed the Baron de Cabrol as French Consul General to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and I remember him saying he was quite a flamboyant character! It will be fun to get the book. Merci. I will have fun reading the book.

Natasha said...

Hi Heather,
Drove down to DCOTA to meet you and listen to the ElleDECOR panel discussion.... heard you were snowed in, in NY.

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Cara said...

this is soooo up my alley!

Dagmarette Yen said...

Oh the illustrations and pictures are gorgeous. This seems like a wonderful reference in addition to a delightful read. Thank you for sharing x

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Virginia Blue - Director Blue Fruit said...

What an absolute find! Such elegant times - but this also has more quirky, off-beat illustrations and photographs than just a glossy. Quite a treasure, and the kind of book that is wonderful to pull out again and again over the years.

Cheers from Australia ~ Virginia of bluefruit.com.au

John J. Tackett said...

Yes, the scrapbook pages of CAFE SOCIETY look fascinating. The rest of the book looks promising, too. __ The Devoted Classicist

Christa Pirl Interiors said...

Certainly going on my amazon list too...also ever-increasing. Thanks for the post, love the photos!

Maria said...

oops, posted to the wrong post.

But yes, saw it on The Imagist & fell in love, thanks for the inside pics!

Lucindaville said...

This book has been on my "Wish List" for months and I have shown great restraint. But you are pushing me to the edge....

Martushka said...

Wow this book looks really great, I'm recently looking a lot into this period, the pages from Baron de Cabrol scrapbooks looks amazing, I've recently become also a fan of Marchesa Casati books about her a amazing

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