With all the vintage photography out there on the internet, it’s rare for me these days to discover a new style icon. So it’s a real thrill when I do. The other day I stumbled across a picture of a very chic girl that I included in my paisley post. I hadn’t heard of her before, so I did some more research, with exciting results. Her name was Henrietta Joan Tiarks and when she married, she received two grand titles – Marchioness of Tavistock and Duchess of Bedford. She was a real glamour girl in her day – admired both by society as a well known debutante and by the fashion world in her modeling and her portraits taken by Richard Avedon.
More recently, in the early 2000′,s Henrietta appeared in the reality show Country House, a kind of real life Downton Abbey, detailing life as it is running a large formal house with historical relevance. I’m kind of curious to see it.
Nevertheless, I love Henrietta’s style. She is unabashedly feminine and sexy, and yet there is a simplicity to her look that makes her style more relevant to today.