Sunday, January 17, 2010

Museworthy: Paloma Picasso, 1949 -





Picasso's daughter was one of Yves Saint Laurent's trio of muses (the other two being Betty Catroux and Loulou de la Falaise) and with her shining ebony crop and signature vermilion pout she did the designer's harlequin patterns and gypsy/opera chic proud.

My favourite story about Paloma? One told by Alicia Drake in her unputdownable book, The Beautiful Fall (which, incidentally, it was strongly suggested I didn't review while at Oz Vogue lest I piss off Kaiser Karl and his advertising dollar). Anyway, this particular tale tells of the 21-year-old spring chicken of a painter's daughter posing for a photo shoot by Peter Schlesinger (Mrs. David Hockney at the time). Our Pal was wearing ginormous wedge heels, so precarious that she try as she might, she couldn't stay upright. She promptly fell down a flight of steps and broke her foot, but Schlesinger got his shot - of his subject in giggles. So you see P.P. was tough as well as gorgeous, even as a kid.

Drake's book isn't tough - it's fantabulous. I borrowed it from my friend Emily and never gave it back. Now I come to think of it, both Drake and Emily are pretty good contenders for this collumn. Museworthy? Definitely.
Adios...xx

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