They don't call her the "last queen in Paris" for nothing. Jacqueline de Ribes, or more formally, the Comtesse de Ribes, is one of the remaining social swans of the 20th century. And while her dramatic presence is what landed her in texts by Capote and photographs by Penn, Avedon, Horst, and Aarons, it's her fashion collection that will be on full display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Anna Wintour Costume Center this November.
Hailing from a prestigious French family, De Ribes started her career in fashion in her 20s, working at Oleg Cassini and Emilio Pucci. Later came a close friendship with Yves Saint Laurent, a spot on the International Best Dressed List in 1956 (she made the Hall of Fame in '62), and her own couture line that was in production from 1982 to 1996. From that history, curator Harold Koda has selected 60 pieces, ranging from daywear to couture, which will be exhibited at the Met.
Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's Anna Wintour Costume Center on November 19 and runs through February 21.
Source: Style.com/ Vogue.co.uk