I just came across this book and have now added it to my wishlist as it’s right up my alley. It’s Cafe Society: Socialites, Patrons, and Artists 1920-1960 by Thierry Coudert.
Here’s the official blurb:
Aristocrats, millionaires, painters, fashion designers, choreographers, and musicians of the café society fox-trot aboard cruise liners and mingle at dazzling parties in Paris.
Exclusive, extravagant, and beautiful, these cosmopolitan socialites were the patrons who galvanized the phenomenal success of the greatest creators of the early twentieth century. It was a whirlwind of sumptuously decorated villas and yachts, up-and-coming haute couture and jewelry designers, and elite evening parties, immortalized by fashion photographers like Cecil Beaton.
Combining elegance and fantasy, the members of the café society enjoyed a sophisticated, avant-garde lifestyle. Some of the century’s most original talents—from Cole Porter to Yves Saint Laurent—stepped into the limelight via the café society.
Through archival photographs and period documents, this volume recounts in historical detail the intrigue and impact generated around the world by this stylish jet-set.
See a list of some of the people I’m fascinated with via my Luscious list: Epicureans, socialites, hosts, philanthropists, and entertainers post. I’ve also included some recommended reading, if this is also your sort of thing.
And here are some other books for my history-and-society wishlist:
- Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins
- Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers by Cherie Burns
- Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart
- Cecil Beaton: The New York Years by Donald Albrecht
- A Privileged Life: Celebrating Wasp Style by Susanna Salk
- Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend by Kathryn Livingston
- High Society: The History of America’s Upper Class by Nick Foulkes
- The World of Gloria Vanderbilt by Wendy Goodman
- Daphne Guinness by Valerie Steele and Daphne Guinness