Thursday, August 6, 2009

Savoir Daisy!

Daisy Fellowes born in 1890 with the impressive name of Marguerite Séverine Philippine Decazes de Glücksbierg, society figure, muse to Schiaparelli, acclaimed beauty, Editor of French Harpers Bazaar and heiress to the Singer Sewing Machine millions, had more than enough Savoir Faire to go around!

Daisy Fellowes was frequently referred to in the newspapers during the years 1920 and 1940 as "the most elegant woman in the world". This Parisian woman possessed remarkable taste, courage, was sports-minded, had a sense of humour, and was an author. Her distinctive qualities gave her the reputation of being the force that set the fashion trends when she became, as of 1933, the fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar.

The absolute personification of Schiaparelli's 'hard chic' was Daisy - who was praised by the fashion illustrator Marcel Vertès for having 'the elegance of the skeleton'.


  1. I had never heard of Ms.Fellowes. I love to learn something new & I loved this post. Thank you!

  2. Dunbwit- She was absolutely brilliant. They say she was one of the few brave enough to wear some of Schiap's more outrageous designs

  3. I had my Daisy Fellowes moment a few nights ago; after a delicious meal and several cocktails, my friends and I decided to "slum it" in our evening dress and stop into a notoriously rundown watering hole for a final nightcap. The place was absolutely filthy, albeit in a weirdly charming way; and as I brushed myself off after rising from the rickety, dusty bar stool I had perched myself on, I said a la Daisy: "Once again, badly dressed!"

    Little things make me giggle.

  4. TJ- I am sure you bought a bit of savoir faire to the dive! Just remember one can never be badly dressed- especially you!

  5. Oh my - Dear Daisy .. . .
    What a gal.

    You might enjoy seeing one of my favorite
    Daisy pics here:


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