Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Jacqueline de Ribes in New York Cottages & Gardens

I hope you can check out the new December issue of New York Cottages & Gardens magazine to see my latest "Divine Design" column, this one on Jacqueline de Ribes, "the last queen of Paris," who is now 90 and recently auctioned much of her family's collection of antiques and art at Sotheby's in Paris. I believe I met Jacqueline de Ribes in New York in the '80s or '90s when she worked as a fashion designer because I think she was a client of Eleanor Lambert, the fashion PR powerhouse, who often had parties in her apartment on Fifth Avenue. Jacqueline de Ribes certainly was a French style icon who was always covered in the fashion press. When I saw this auction coming up on the calendar I thought it would make for a good story.


Gail, northern California said...

I don't know much about Jacqueline de Ribes. Has she written any sort of memoir?
Did she come from a wealthy family? Did she lead an interesting life? Were you lucky enough to travel to Paris for the amazing auction?

Bart Boehlert said...

Hi Gail, Not sure if she has written a book but she has led an interesting life. She was from an aristocratic family but wanted to break out of the narrow social conventions and worked as a fashion designer on her own label. Alas, no trip to Paris!