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A party given by the Baron and Baronne de Cabrol
A party given by the Baron and Baronne de Cabrol From the scrapbook of the Baron de Cabrol.

Who? The ‘café society’: a group of socialites, patrons and artists who frequented fashionable restaurants, night-clubs and resorts in Paris, London, New York and the Cote d’Azur. What? A glamorous peer into the extravagant lifestyles of the Parisian café society habitués and frequenters, from 1920 – 1960. Generously illustrated with many never-before-seen images, the eponymously named book takes a thoroughly documented glimpse into their houses, villas, yachts, parties, clubs, polo fields, and photo albums...

Who? The ‘café society’: a group of socialites, patrons and artists who frequented fashionable restaurants, night-clubs and resorts in Paris, London, New York and the Cote d’Azur.

What? A glamorous peer into the extravagant lifestyles of the Parisian café society habitués and frequenters, from 1920 – 1960. Generously illustrated with many never-before-seen images, the eponymously named book takes a thoroughly documented glimpse into their houses, villas, yachts, parties, clubs, polo fields, and photo albums.

Why? The members of this sophisticated and avante-garde set – which included the likes of The Windsors, Mona Bismarck, Cecil Beaton, Yves Saint Laurent, Elsa SchiaparelliDiane Vreeland and Lee Miller – spurred creativity in style and fashion and their influence is still profound today.

Where? Café Society: Socialites, Patrons and Artists: 1920 to 1960 by Thierry Coudert is published by Flammarion this month.

Text by Lucia Davies

Lucia Davies is Creative Digital Manager at MAD Agency London and a freelance writer who has contributed to titles including AnOther Magazine, Dazed & Confused, The Independent and Wonderland.

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