"I think my husband might be a bit upset if I walked the cheetahs out naked in the West Village at night," the Marchesa designer recently told Harper's Bazaar, where a Peter Lindbergh shoot shows Mrs. Harvey Weinstein modeling looks from her Spring 2009 line and channeling her brand's namesake, Marchesa Luisa Casati.
"Perhaps if she were alive today, she would be a designer," notes Chapman about the dramatic Italian heiress, who was a patroness of the arts in early 20th century Europe, ran with a crowd that included Jean Cocteau, Cecil Beaton, and Jack Kerouac, collected exotic animals, threw legendary soirees in her Venetian palazzo on the Grand Canal...and landed $25 million in debt by 1930 at around the age of 50. "She squandered all of her money. Millions and millions. It's a good take on what's happening now [in the world]. Her life was one of complete excess; then she had to reassess everything."
For the latest looks from Marchesa, check out HarpersBazaar.com. The interview with Georgina Chapman appears in the March issue, available starting February 17th.
- Lesley Scott
(Marchesa Luisa Casati portraits via wikipedia.org)
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