I was at the Peggy Guggenheim again on Monday, chatting to some of the interns there, and inevitably we got on to the topic of Peggy's eclectic personal style. Here I was alerted to the existence of this editiorial, from Harper's in 2009. The glamour of the Italians and the picture perfect setting of Venice, I'd seen it all before, but not quite like this! The bright colours, luxurious fabrics and glittering glamour all recall bold Italian style.
An original pair of Peggy's glasses, Lagerfeld donated these from his own personal collection to the PG Museum.
Alexander Calder petal mobile, 194-
Peggy Guggenheim (1898 – 1979), American expat, socialite, lover, taste-maker and heiress to a mining fortune, preferred to spend her money on art rather than fashion, as a young woman she resolved to "buy a picture a day". Her taste in clothing was as avant garde as her art choices. She was a generous patroness of Alexander Calder and Jackson Pollock. Her favoured companions were her 14 beloved dogs.
Peggy came to Venice in 1949 after being invited to exhibit her personal collection at the Venice Biennale. Shortly afterward she moved in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. Since her death in 1979, the museum has been open to the public. It was exciting to recognise many of the locations used here. Her beautiful palazzo looks directly out onto the Grand Canal.