Elsie de Wolfe
Very famous Interior Desiger of the early 20th century
A Life in Good Taste
Elsie de Wolfe (also known as Lady Mendl According to The New Yorker, "Interior Design as a profession was invented by Elsie de Wolfe. Among her clients were Anne Vanderbilt, Anne Morgan, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. In 1935, Paris experts named her the best-dressed woman in the world
Elsie de Wolfe
House designed in the early 1930s by Elsie de Wolfe for Countess Dorothy di Frasso, who rented it to Marlene Dietrich throughout the rest of the decade. In 1947 it was sold to José Iturbi, who lived in it until 1980. The decor remained virtually unchanged until some of the furniture was auctioned off in 2007, when these photographs were taken.
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Elsie de Wolfe was of the Victorian age, but hated the stiffness of the times. She was an actress who took it upon herself to shake things up a little. Through her use of bold colors in a time when sedate, light and drab where common - she stuck out like a sore thumb, but was a pioneer for every designer who has come after to her embrace their creativity and not let popular demand become the status quo.
A DECOUPAGE SECRETARY DESK DECORATED BY ELSIE DE WOLFE WITH HER OWN HANDS USING 18TH CENTURY FLORAL PRINTS, SHOWN HERE IN A ROOM DESIGNED BY HUTTON WILKINSON AS AN HOMAGE TO ELSIE DE WOLFE. NOTE: THE FERN CHINTZ WHICH WAS CREATED SPECIALLY FOR DE WOLFE, THE CHAIRS FROM HER OWN VILLA TRIANON AT VERSAILLES, ALL FROM WILKINSONS PRIVATE COLLECTION OF ELSIE DE WOLFE MEMORABILIA.