Take a red carpet design duo, add a Belle Epoque muse, with a taste for the exotic, and stir in the pioneer of American tableware. The result? A Couture Collection by Marchesa for Lenox.
THE BIG BREAK The design duo Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman met at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, in London, where they channeled the spirit of Marchesa Louisa Casati as muse to their label- Marchesa. The big break for the emerging brand came swiftly when Renee Zellweger slipped on one of their creations for the opening of Bridget Jones -The Edge of Reason, in 2004. Powered by a host of high-flying financiers,one being Chapman’s husband and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the pair has dominated the Oscar red carpet for a decade.
“I want to be a living work of art.” Marchesa Louisa Casati
IT GIRL This week, Belgian designer, Dries Van Noten, pulled Marchesa Louisa Casati back into the limelight by recreating her famous looks for his Paris runway show. The heiress has been the inspiration for Cartier’s Panther Collection and held the position of It Girl through two decades- rubbing shoulders with Picasso and Coco Chanel while sporting a leopard coat and dripping with Lalique jewellery.
“Pet Cheetahs, seances and dresses made from light bulbs, the heiress, socialite and artist’s muse Marchesa Casati led a life every bit as unusual as her outfits.” The Telegraph
THE OSCARS Flash forward to the paparazzi filled red carpet, in Los Angeles, where Marchesa continues to be modeled by A-list stars like Jennifer Lopez and Taylor Swift. The Couture Collection by the British design duo, Marchesa, extends the glamour of catwalks, elegant soirees in Paris and Hollywood fanfare to your table.