24 May, 2011

Deutschland Über Alles?

Charles V in Armour. Rubens. 1548.

"I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse."

- Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor

A Look we Like

Magister Dixit:

"I hate crap. I like craftmanship"

- Isabella Blow

Been There, Done That

Why Don't You?

1950. Dining-room at Wilton House. Smith, the buttler has been with the Earl and Countess of Pembroke for 36 years. There was a time when the family had 28 indoor servants, but the drastic postwar chances do not worry the Pembrokes:

"All through the war, we ate behind a screen in our living-room."

- Sidney Herbert, 16th Earl of Pembroke, 13th Earl of Montgomery

A Very Stylish Girl

22 May, 2011

Magister Dixit:

"Contentment travels rarely with fortune."

- Marie Leszczynska, Queen of France

Pushing Up

"Effeminate men intrigue me more than anything in the world. I see them as my alter egos. I feel very drawn to them. I think like a guy, but I'm feminine. So I relate to feminine men."

- Madonna



Inter Alia

Profiles of  Louis XIV in different ages.

Oriental Fever

Patricia Lopez-Willshaw photographed by Cecil Beaton during the course of Charles de Beistegui's ball. Venice, 1951.

Home Sweet Home

20 May, 2011

High Profile

Woman at Work

Privilège du Blanc

Scala Regia

Man at Work

Magister Dixit:

"If you like to be relaxed, you will never get the look. Fashion is always unconfortable."

- Anna dello Russo

Portrait of a Lady

Party Boys

Guilty as Charged

"I don’t have guilty pleasures, as I find guilt very unpleasant. But I love beautiful things - so maybe that is my guilty pleasure?"

-Daphne Guinness