Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe
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.