Marie Antoinette; (Vienna, 2 November 1755 – Paris, 16 October 1793) was an Archduchess of Austria and the Queen of France and Navarre. She was the fifteenth and penultimate child of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Francis I. At the age of fourteen, on the day of her marriage to Louis-Auguste, Dauphin of France, she became Dauphine de France.
María Eugenia Ignacia Augustina de Palafox Portocarrero de Guzmán y Kirkpatrick; 5 May 1826 – 11 July 1920), known as Eugénie de Montijo, was the 18th Marchioness of Ardales, 18th Marchioness of Moya, 19th Countess of Teba, 10th Countess of Montijo and Countess of Ablitas. She was the last Empress consort of the French from 1853 to 1871 as the wife of Napoleon III, Emperor of the French.
Baron Philippe de Rothschild (13 April 1902 – 20 January 1988) was a member of the Rothschild banking dynasty who became a Grand Prix race-car driver, a screenwriter and playwright, a theatrical producer, a film producer, a poet, and one of the most successful wine growers in the world.
Liliane Bettencourt (born 21 October 1922 in Paris, France) is a French heiress, socialite, and businesswoman. She is the principal shareholder of L'Oréal and the wealthiest woman in Europe. She is the second richest person in France, behind Bernard Arnault whose wealth is estimated at US$16.5 billion, and she ranks 21st in wealthiest people in the world. Forbes magazine estimated her wealth in 2010 to be $20bn.
The Hon. Daisy Fellowes (née Marguerite Séverine Philippine Decazes de Glücksbierg,, was a celebrated 20th-century society figure, acclaimed beauty, minor novelist and poet, editor in chief of French Harper's Bazaar, fashion icon, and an heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune.
Marie-Laure de Noailles, Vicomtesse de Noailles (31 October 1902 - 29 January 1970), was one of the 20th century's most daring and influential patrons of the arts, noted for her associations with Salvador Dalí, Balthus, Jean Cocteau, Man Ray, Luis Buñuel, Francis Poulenc, Jean Hugo, Jean-Michel Frank and others as well as her tempestuous life and eccentric personality.
Eugenia Huici Arguedas de Errázuriz (15 September 1860 - 1951) was a Chilean patron of modernism and a style leader of Paris from 1880 into the 20th century, who paved the way for the modernist minimalist aesthetic that would be taken up in fashion by Coco Chanel. Her circle of friends and protégés included Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, Jean Cocteau, and the poet Blaise Cendrars. She was of Basque descent.
Vincent Gabriel Fourcade (February 27, 1934 – December 23, 1992) was a French interior designer and the business and life partner of Robert Denning. "Outrageous luxury is what our clients want," he once said.
Elsie de Wolfe (also known as Lady Mendl) (December 20, 1865? – July 12, 1950) was an American interior decorator, nominal author of the influential 1913 book "The House in Good Taste," and a prominent figure in New York, Paris, and London society. During her married life, the press usually referred to her as Lady Mendl.
Charlotte de Rothschild (May 6, 1825 – July 20, 1899) was a French socialite, painter, and a member of the prominent Rothschild banking family of France. She was born in Paris, the daughter of Betty von Rothschild (1805-1868) and James Mayer de Rothschild (1792-1868). Charlotte de Rothschild was raised by very wealthy parents who were at the center of Parisian culture.
Marie-Hélène de Rothschild (November 17, 1927 -March 1, 1996) was a French socialite who became a doyenne of Parisian high-society and was a member of the prominent Rothschild banking family of France. Born Baroness Marie-Hélène Naila Stephanie Josina van Zuylen van Nyevelt in New York City, she was the eldest of the three children of Marguerite Namétalla (c.1905-1996) and Baron Egmont Van Zuylen van Nyevelt (1890-1960). Her mother was Egyptian, and her father a Dutch diplomat.
Iris Clert was the owner of the Galerie Iris Clert from 1955 to 1971. During its tenure, her gallery became an avant-garde hotspot in the international art scene, particularly to Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely and Arman. Originally of Greek nationality, Clert became an overnight socialite with the success of her gallery. Clert was active in the French Resistance during the Second World War.
Suzanne Curchod (1737 – 6 May 1794) was the wife of Jacques Necker. She hosted one of the most celebrated salons of the Ancien Régime. Daughter of the pastor of the village of Crassier in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland, Suzanne was well educated but poor. As a young woman she met the historian Edward Gibbon, who wished to marry her, but paternal disapproval on both sides and Suzanne's refusal to leave Switzerland for England thwarted the plans.
Geneviève Lantelme, born Mathilde Fossey (1887 - 1911) and known as "Ginette," was a French courtesan and actress, best known as the mistress of Alfred Edwards, from whose yacht she fell to her death in July 1911. At fourteen she was one of the lures at her mother's brothel, but soon became an acclaimed Paris actress. Theatregoers savoured her reputation for enjoying the bodies of men and women with equal pleasure: her languid slouch was imitated by other Parisian vamps.