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Haute Macabre Approved: Marchesa Luisa Casati


Born Luisa Adele Rosa Maria Amman in 1881, Marchesa Luisa Casati was the aristocratic darling of the wealthy Italian bohemian set. Married but prone to extravagant love affairs and with a penchant for art, fashion, exotic animals kept indoors, and the occult, Luisa was a woman ahead of her time. Her pale skin and dark makeup, over-the top accoutrements and androgynous leanings inspired generations of fashion forward women. Her biography, Infinite Variety: The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati , is worth a read. She wore live snakes regularly, and was known to take her pet cheetah for a walk while wearing nothing at all under her fur coat.

1 Man Ray, Marchesa Casati as Elizabeth of Austria, TatlerOct 1 1935

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