The marketing of Gloria Vanderbilt jeans is one of the most dramatic American business success stories of the decade. In the Middle Ages, folk sought the Holy Grail; in the jean conscious 70’s, the quest is for The Perfect Fit.
Intensely private and utterly controlled, Jayne Wrightsman inhabits the pinnacle of New York society as one of the late 20th century’s greatest art collector. But even friends know little of her life before she married Charles Wrightsman, who left her his vast oil fortune in 1986. From Wrightsman’s turbulent youth to her bond with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, to her impact on the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Francesca Stanfill charts the making of a grande dame.
In these trying times, fashion still matters.
At times, elements of style may be an escape from sadness; a way of armoring oneself in a competitive, uncertain world; at other moments, a comfort.
A year after Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s death, her intimate possessions have been made public, and her friends have begun to lift the veil of secrecy that surrounded her.
The Greeks had Hera, Aphrodite and Athena. We have Jackie. As is true of all bona fide “deities”, no last name is necessary, though she had known several — Bouvier, Kennedy, Onassis. Hers was a rich, multi-layered life; therein lies part of its enduring fascination…