Daisy Fel­lowes 1890-1962

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE ON SATURDAY -

Daisy Fel­lowes, daugh­ter of the fourth Duke De­cazes and grand­daugh­ter of sewing ma­chine in­dus­tri­al­ist, I. Singer, mar­ried Prince Jean de Broglie. She was wid­owed in 1918 at the end of the First World War and later mar­ried the Honourable Regi­nald Fel­lowes. From the 1920s’ un­til the end of her life she was one of the lead­ing fig­ures in the So­cial and Fash­ion world. She was close friends with the Duke and Duchess of Wind­sor with whom she shared the ti­tle of best dressed woman. In 1944, the Honourable Mr and Mrs Fel­lowes lent their yacht to their nephew, Sir Win­ston Churchill, to over­see D-Day land­ings in Nor­mandy. Around 1933 Daisy Fel­lowes be­came Ed­i­tor-in-chief for fash­ion in Harper’s Bazaar. Dur­ing this pe­riod she pur­chased from Cartier the fa­mous light pink di­a­mond of 17.47 carats known as “Tête de Bélier” (or ram’s head) which ap­par­ently had been given by Cather­ine‘ the Great to Potemkin, one of the tza­rina’s favourites. It was on the oc­ca­sion of this ac­qui­si­tion that the fa­mous de­signer, Elsa Schi­a­par­elli, cre­ated for Daisy Fel­lowes the new “shock­ing pink” colour to com­ple­ment the stone. Un­for­tu­nately the di­a­mond was stolen in 1939, since when there has been no record.

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