Marella Agnelli, Society’s ‘Last Swan’ and a Passionate Gardener, Is Dead at 91




Another image of Mrs. Agnelli, from December of that 12 months, would help define an interval of magnificence. Richard Avedon shot her in half profile, carrying a strapless gown that accentuated her prolonged neck. The black-and-white image, which is inside the assortment of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been as compared with a Modigliani painting.

After the wedding, Mrs. Agnelli was not wanting to sort out the operate of housewife. She had currently spent 18 months apprenticing with Blumenfeld and accepted a reporting job with Condé Nast, which she abandoned after the wedding.

What she did love, though, was the leisure and the luxury. In a first-person story for Vanity Fair, she recalled a shopping for journey in Paris that happened shortly after the wedding. Mrs. Agnelli had booked an in a single day observe from Turin, and when she boarded her sleeping vehicle, she found that it was stuffed together with her dwelling comforts: monogrammed towels, her favorite toiletries, even modern flowers.

“This, I soon discovered, was how the Agnellis traveled when they took a night train,” Mrs. Agnelli wrote. “This was also when I realized I had entered a very different way of life from the one I was used to.”

She developed the Agnellis’ model for the finer points in life — personalized garments, formal dinner occasions, designer furnishings — whereas sustaining a relaxed dwelling ambiance. After a tour of the extravagant home of the billionaire couple Sid and Mercedes Bass, Mrs. Agnelli reportedly remarked: “It will take her another lifetime to understand wicker.”

The couple gave starting to their first child, Edoardo, in 1954, and Margherita adopted the next 12 months. Mrs. Agnelli is survived by her daughter, Margherita Agnelli de Pahlen, her brother Nicola Caracciolo di Castagneto and eight grandchildren. Her son died in 2000.

As dad and mother Marella and Gianni continued to refine their image as a worldly and fashionable power couple. They acquired an expansive trendy paintings assortment that included works by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Frank Stella; yachted up and down the Amalfi Coast with the Kennedys and swam inside the Adriatic Sea with Mr. Capote; collected automobiles, yachts and personal planes; and cultivated acres of pristine gardens that unfold all through a variety of homes on three continents.




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