I like ECCENTRICS, people who 'break the mold'. An individual earns bonus points in my mind for reinventing themselves and taking control of their image. A person who overcomes hardships and finds a way to be creative with their one short life earns my deepest respect. This woman, has it all....
The 'Notorious Mrs. Daisy Fellowes' was born in Paris in 1890. Fellowes' mother died from suicide when she was just six years old. She was then raised primarily by her aunt, Winnaretta Singer, Princess Edmond de Polignac. Fellowes always had a strained relationship with her father.. Throughout her childhood her father would cruelly tell her that it was unbelievable that he had such an unattractive daughter. In her early 20's she decided to reinvent herself. She had rhinoplasty, became interested in fashion and spent her time educating herself in the museums of Paris. Fellowes destroyed all old photos of herself. She is remembered as 'a 20th century society figure, acclaimed beauty, minor novelist and poet, editor in chief of French Harper's Bazaar, Fashion Icon and Heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune'.
My favorite fact about Daisy is that she was the inspiration for Dali's 'shoe hat'. This high heeled hat was sketched by Dali in 1937 and created by surrealist couturier Elsa Schiaparelli, only to reappear on the runways of Eric Tibusch in 2009 in Paris. Daisy Fellowes died in Paris in 1962.
Désirée Marie Townley
A native Oregonian, Désirée is currently living in Rome, Italy. She started working as a Costumer and Makeup artist in the Opera and Theater industry after receiving her degree in Dance in 2008. Work offered her the opportunity to travel beginning in 2009 and she hasn't stopped since. Everywhere Désirée goes, she seeks out artists and crafts people as a means to understand new cultures. Through their art and their voices, she finds stories worth telling.