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Socialite and fashionista GLORIA GUINNESS was born in Veracruz, Mexico, where she worked as a nightclub hostess before moving to Germany. She married at least(!) three times: to a German count, to an Egyptian prince, and finally to Loel Guinness, a banker descended from the wealthy beer dynasty. In each of her many residences (Acapulco, Paris, Normandy, NYC, Manalapan) were  closets full of clothes. One of Truman Capote's "swans," she was elected to the International Best-Dressed Hall of…

Socialite and fashionista GLORIA GUINNESS was born in Veracruz, Mexico, where she worked as a nightclub hostess before moving to Germany. She married at least(!) three times: to a German count, to an Egyptian prince, and finally to Loel Guinness, a banker descended from the wealthy beer dynasty. In each of her many residences (Acapulco, Paris, Normandy, NYC, Manalapan) were closets full of clothes. One of Truman Capote's "swans," she was elected to the International Best-Dressed Hall of…

The legendary Countess Mona Von Bismarck, patron of Haute Couture and eminent Balenciaga client photographed by Cecil Beaton in her Paris apartment.

The legendary Countess Mona Von Bismarck, patron of Haute Couture and eminent Balenciaga client photographed by Cecil Beaton in her Paris apartment.

A 1969 photograph of Oscar de la Renta (left) and Baron Alexis de Rede (right) at the Rothchild's Oriental ball. Photograph by Jack Nisberg/Roger-Viollet

A 1969 photograph of Oscar de la Renta (left) and Baron Alexis de Rede (right) at the Rothchild's Oriental ball. Photograph by Jack Nisberg/Roger-Viollet

"Mrs Gloria Guiness with her daughter, Mrs Dolores Guiness, both wearing dresses by Cristóbal Balenciaga (for French Vogue)."  #vintage #fashion #1950s

"Mrs Gloria Guiness with her daughter, Mrs Dolores Guiness, both wearing dresses by Cristóbal Balenciaga (for French Vogue)." #vintage #fashion #1950s

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