26 September 2011

Well Said: Ghislaine de Polignac

Ghislaine, Princesse de Polignac, by Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Paris, 1957. Image from the artist's website.

"Men are simply not accustomed to suffer to be beautiful."

So said Princesse de Polignac (née Ghislaine Charlotte Claire Brinquant, 1918-2011): Continental society ornament; former wife of Prince Edmond de Polignac; public relations director for Revlon in France; fashion stylist for Galeries Lafayette; mistress of many, and by all colorful accounts, an all-around good-time girl. 

4 comments:

laughingsalmon said...

Hopefully the lovely Ghislaine didn't have to suffer too much to be so beautiful...and on so many levels...

MJH Design Arts said...

What a life!! And so beautiful.

Jennings and Gates said...

So true. I tease my friends that I would love to see just one day a year in which men were required to wear pantyhose and their wives' or girlfriends' shoes (sized to fit, of course) to work. Men at GE, Exxon, IBM, generals at the Pentagon, all walking the halls in their stockings, carrying their pumps and slingbacks because their feet hurt.

Paul Pincus said...

A little off-topic but Vidal-Quadras's still lifes are very handsome!