Bill Blass, Bare Blass
“The beauty of being able to draw, or paint, from an early age is that you never feel trapped by your immediate circumstances.”
Bill Blass, Bare Blass
"'[W]e went to Marguerite Littman's for lunch to meet Rock Hudson but his plane was delayed and I had to leave to do more interviews. Marguerite invented something great for dessert--chocolate soup! It's orange juice and Grand Marnier and chocolate, hot."
Andy Warhol, The Andy Warhol Diaries, June 21, 1978
Check out the recipe for Marguerite Littman's chocolate soup in Dining with the Famous and the Infamous.
“Duff and I agree we could live in California. It has a radio quality of having the world in this little space. You can tune in and live your day in whatever country, art or grade of intelligence or idiocy you feel inclined for.”
Lady Diana Cooper, Trumpets from the Steep
Image Credit: The Diana Cooper Scrapbook
“I was trained to dress The Individual. In doing the clothes for some twenty-six motion pictures, I learned that the story dictates the fashion. The Kennedy Story was an extremely elegant one and you could not experiment. It was dignity, not novelty, that Mrs. Kennedy wanted.”
Oleg Cassini, The Fashionable Savages
The above photos are taken from Oleg Cassini's A Thousand Days of Magic, a monograph about Oleg Cassini's collaboration with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Check out this copy signed to Kim Basinger at the Nick Harvill Libraries store. It is an interesting association, because Cassini designed dresses worn by Kim Basinger in The Sentinel, in which she portrayed the first lady.
Image Credit: A Thousand Days of Magic
“Further on cause and effect, I do remember being fascinated by the Kinsey Report on the sexual habits of the American male, in which we learned that one out of every eight American men has had intercourse with animals. At any large party, I couldn’t help glancing around to try and guess which of the men had done it—with whom?”
Jessica Mitford, The Letters of Jessica Mitford
Which legendary actress, who first made a name for herself in film noir, once ran into Kathleen Turner at a party and quipped, “Oh, you’re the young me.”
HINT: The actress who made this comment to Kathleen Turner was, in the mid-1940s, the "young" Slim Keith (then known as "Slim Hawks").
The answer is after the JUMP.
"Nowadays, one says 'lesbian' doesn't one?"
Cecil Beaton, Beaton by Bailey
“I knew Jack [Kennedy] better than [I did his wife] Jacqueline. She wasn’t that easy to get to know. She was not cold but, but she didn’t let herself be too open with people she wasn’t close to. How do you like that? It sounds as though I am describing myself.”
Henry Fonda, Fonda, My Life
Image Credit: Stars, Stars, Stars, Off the Screen
“A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.”
Billy Wilder, Wilder Times, The Life of Billy Wilder
Image Credit: Jean Howard's Hollywood
“When Mouna visits Los Angeles, I feel as though I’ve been swept into a whirlwind of activity. My beautiful young Lebanese friend never stops urging me to try new adventures—even disco dancing until two in the morning! You’d never suspect that she is the mother of five children, or that she lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where women are seen and not heard. Mouna has managed to avoid being defined by either her great wealth or the stringencies of her culture. She’s just herself—and I am delighted that she has made me her friend.”
Betsy Bloomingdale on Mouna Ayoub
Suzy Menkes, reviewing the Mouna Ayoub couture exhibition held by the Musée de la Mode Marseille, gushed, “With 1,010 dresses hanging in her closets, why wouldn't haute couture's most ebullient client share some of her fun with us?”
It is apparent from Betsy Bloomingdale praise (above) that Mouna Ayoub also shared her fun with her society friends as well. No stranger to haute couture herself, Bloomingdale made the journey to Marseille for the opening of this exhibition. The copy of the exhibition catalog Mauna warmly inscribed to her is available for purchase via the Nick Harvill Libraries store. The catalog is uncommon—only two libraries in the United States have the book in their collections (the Metropolitan Museum of Art and LACMA).