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Proust’s Muse, The Count­ess Gr­ef­fulhe

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Known for be­ing a strik­ingly beau­ti­ful woman, Élis­a­beth de Cara­manChi­may (also known as Count­ess Gr­ef­fulhe) was the fa­mous muse of leg­endary French nov­el­ist Mar­cel Proust. This new ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores her sar­to­rial in­flu­ence on Proust’s im­mor­tal fic­tional char­ac­ter Ori­ane from his novel In Search of Lost Time, and in­cludes 40 pieces and ac­ces­sories from her per­sonal col­lec­tion. Although the Count­ess died in 1952, her ex­trav­a­gant and aris­to­cratic style con­tin­ues to in­spire many, and was re­cently fea­tured at the La Mode retrou­vée: Les robes tré­sors de la comtesse Gr­ef­fulhe ex­hibit in Paris. Proust’s Muse fol­lows that show with an­other stun­ning dis­play, in­clud­ing the black vel­vet, pearl and ivory silk Lily Dress that was cre­ated for her by French la­bel House of Worth and in­spired by a verse penned by French poet Robert de Mon­tesquiou, who is said to have been the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Proust’s char­ac­ter Baron de Char­lus. The Mu­seum at FIT, Sept. 23, 2016- Jan. 7, 2017

Clock­wise from top left: Count­ess Gr­ef­fulhe wear­ing the Lily Dress, House of Worth Tea Gown, Red Ciselé Vel­vet Heels.

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