Saturday, January 17, 2015

60's Vogue Icon: Marisa Berenson

An icon of 1960's Vogue Fantasy editorials, Miss Berenson was a favorite Vreeland dress up  ( and undress!) doll. Mrs Vreeland adored jet set party girls from socially prominent families which also allowed her access to the most beautiful homes and gardens for her Vogue shoots.
Hedonism was a central theme in the 60's drug fueled youthquake era, where innocent nudity was glamorized and hair and make up artists went wild in their creativity.
Travel to exotic destinations was encouraged by shoots done in impossible to get to mountain tops and extra secluded beaches....all to help the Vogue reader escape the mundane routine of daily life.

Miss Berenson was born in New York City, the elder of two daughters. Her father, Robert Lawrence Berenson, was an American career diplomat turned shipping executive of Lithuanian Jewish descent, and his family's original surname was Valvrojenski.[1][2] Her mother was born Maria Luisa Yvonne Radha de Wendt de Kerlor, better known as Gogo Schiaparelli, and was a socialite of Italian, Swiss, French, and Egyptian ancestry.[3][4]
Berenson's maternal grandmother was the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli,[5] and her maternal grandfather was Wilhelm de Wendt de Kerlor, a theosophist and psychic medium.[3][6][7] Her younger sister, Berinthia, became a model, actress, and photographer as Berry Berenson. She also is a great-grandniece of Giovanni Schiaparelli, an Italian astronomer who believed he had discovered the supposed canals of Mars, and a second cousin, once removed, of art expert Bernard Berenson (1865–1959) and his sister Senda Berenson (1868–1954), an athlete and educator who was one of the first two women elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[8]

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