The Baron de Cabrol's legendary scrapbooks capture a golden era of glamour and reveal the sheer elegance and decadence of the cosmopolitan cafe society.
Thierry Coudert is the author of Cafe Society: Socialites, Patrons, and Artists 1920-1960 (Flammarion, 2010). He contributed to the exhibition catalog Cartier 1899-1949: The Journey of a Style. A close friend of the late Alexis de Rede, he has assembled a significant collection of archival documents on the cafe society.
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--Architectural Digest "Next month, Flammarion releases 'Beautiful People of The Cafe Society', a book that sure as anything will have you mad with social envy."
--GuestofaGuest.com "Skip forward in time, and the court's masquerades of the 19th century find a 20th-century parallel in the "cafe society" immortalized by Baron de Cabrol in whimsical collaged form."
--The New York Times "The recently released Beautiful People of the Cafe Society (Flammarion, $120) opens the doors of the private world of haute monde legends such as Etienne de Beaumont, Charles and Mary-Laure de Noailles, the ever-controversial Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Charles de Beistegui, the Maharani of Baroda, Viscountess Jacqueline de Ribes, Elsa Maxwell, Gianni Agnelli, Christian "Bebe" Berard, Duff and Diana Cooper and Louise de Vilmoran. Even if you don't know who they are, you will want to see how they lived. And boy, did they ever live."
--Avenue Magazine "Speaking of prominent tastemakers of the twentieth century, Baron Fred de Cabrol, the late aristocratic French decorator, remains much admired today. A figure who, along with his wife, Daisy, was present at most of last century's most acclaimed balls and gatherings, Baron de Cabrol counted the likes of Duff and Diana Cooper, Charles de Beistegui, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor as friends. Such a glittering social life deserved documentation, but not in prosaic fashion. Baron de Cabrol's scrapbooks, with their charming blend of photographic cut-outs and illustrated backgrounds, present a highly-colorful and delightful record of a social milieu that has all but died out. It's no wonder, then, that author Thierry Coudert has devoted his latest book, Beautiful People of the Cafe Society: Scrapbooks by the Baron de Cabrol, to the Baron's handiwork. Just as he did with his previous book, Cafe Society: Socialites, Patrons, and Artists 1920-1960, Coudert provides the reader with a dazzling account of twentieth-century European cafe society."
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