Geneviève Lantelme (ca. 1900s)

Geneviève “Ginette” Lantelme (born 1883) was a French stage actress, socialite, fashion icon, and courtesan.

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Geneviève Lantelme, ca. 1900s via

Twiggy Wearing 1960s Street Fashion

Twiggy is best remembered as one of the first international supermodels and a fashion icon of the 1960s. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2009 catalogue of Style: Model as Muse Embodying Fashion stated that:

“Twiggy’s adolescent physique was the perfect frame for the androgynous styles that began to emerge in the 1960s. The trend was manifested in a number of templates: sweet A-line dresses with collars and neckties, suits and dresses that took their details from military uniforms, or, in the case of Yves Saint Laurent, an explicit transposition of the male tuxedo to women. Simultaneously, under the rubric of ‘unisex’, designs that were minimalistic, including Nehru suits and space-agey jumpsuits, were proposed by designers such as Pierre Cardin and Andre Courreges, and, most famously in the U.S.A., by Rudi Gernreich.”

Twiggy has been photographed by such noted photographers as Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, Melvin Sokolsky, Ronald Traeger, Bert Stern, Norman Parkinson, Annie Leibovitz and Steven Meisel.

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Twiggy by Lewis Morley, bromide fibre print, 1965 via

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Twiggy by Lewis Morley, bromide fibre print, 1965 via

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Twiggy by Jim Gray, 1960 via

Daisy Fellows Wearing Cartier’s ‘Tutti Frutti’ Necklace by Cecil Beaton (1936)

Daisy Fellowes (née Marguerite Séverine Philippine Decazes de Glücksberg; 1890 – 1962) was a prominent French socialite, acclaimed beauty, minor novelist and poet, Paris Editor of American Harper’s Bazaar, fashion icon, and an heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune.

She was known as one of the most daring fashion plates of the 20th century, arguably the most important patron of the surrealist couturier Elsa Schiaparelli. She was also a friend of the jeweller Suzanne Belperron, and she was a longtime customer of jeweller Cartier.

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Daisy Fellowes wearing Cartier’s ‘Tutti Frutti’ necklace by Cecil Beaton, 1936/courtesy of Sotheby’s, London via

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Cartier Daisy Fellowes wearing her Tutti Frutti necklace, from the Cartier Collection, 1936 © Cecil Beaton, Courtesy Sotheby’s, London via

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Daisy Fellowes, wearing her commissioned ‘Collier Hindou’ or ‘Tutti Frutti’ Cartier necklace, 1936

Photograph by Cecil Beaton, 1936, courtesy of The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s via

A Colection of Photos Featuring Belle Epoque Beauty Genevieve Lantelme

Geneviève “Ginette” Lantelme (Mathilde Hortense Claire Fossey, b. 1883) was a French stage actress, socialite, fashion icon, and courtesan. She frequently collaborated with Madeleine Vionnet and Jeanne Paquin, two prominent French fashion designers of her day, to produce her memorable clothing ensembles. Lantelme was also known for her voluminous hats, as can be seen in the postcards and other images of her that are collected to this day.

Considered by her contemporaries to be one of the most beautiful women of the Belle Epoque, she is remembered for the mysterious circumstances of her death: on the night of July 24/25, 1911, she fell from the yacht of her husband, Alfred Edwards.

The official verdict was that the actress had drowned as the result of a tragic accident. However, many people speculated that Edwards had murdered his wife. In the autumn of 1911, two French newspapers, La Depéche Parlementaire and La Griffe, published their accusation that Edwards had murdered Lantelme; Edwards sued the publication for libel and won, although both newspapers escaped severe punishment.

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Geneviève Lantelme in a big hat, photo circa 1910 via

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Geneviève Lantelme by Reutlinger, photo circa 1902 via

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Geneviève Lantelme, photo circa 1910 via

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Genevieve Lantelme in Madeleine Vionnet’s déshabillé, designed in 1907 at Maison Doucet via