Wednesday, July 20, 2016

1 Betsy Bloomingdale Set the

en Betsy Bloomingdale died Tuesday—perhaps at 93, perhaps not; she could be marvelously cagey about her age—it marked another chapter closed in a bygone golden age of French couture’s American clientele. It was a remarkable assemblage of women—socialites, heiresses, political power players, patronesses, and benefactors—who molded an indelible image of what it meant to be glamorous and regal in a country that eschews aristocracy. As the wives of politicians and business titans, they understood that grand expressions of personal style were a way to exert one’s cultural influence, forming intimate relationships with fashion houses

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