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Daisy Fellowes
Daisy Fellowes.jpg
Daisy Fellowes with her "Tutti-Frutti" necklace from Cartier SA in 1937. Photo by Cecil Beaton
Born Marguerite Séverine Philippine Decazes de Glücksberg
(1890-04-29)29 April 1890
Paris, France
Died 13 December 1962(1962-12-13) (aged 72)
Paris, France
Occupation Socialite
Spouse(s) Jean Amédée Marie Anatole de Broglie Prince de Broglie (1910–1918)
The Hon. Reginald Ailwyn Fellowes (1919–1953)
Children 4

The Hon. Daisy Fellowes (née Marguerite Séverine Philippine Decazes de Glücksberg) (29 April 1890, Paris – 13 December 1962, Paris),[1] was a celebrated 20th-century society figure, acclaimed beauty, minor novelist and poet, Paris Editor of American Harper's Bazaar, fashion icon, and an heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune. She died in Paris.

Charcoal on paper, 61 x 45.7 cm, signed l.r.: John S. Sargent

Parents and childhood[edit]

She was born in Paris, the only daughter of Isabelle-Blanche Singer (1869–1896) and Jean Élie Octave Louis Sévère Amanieu Decazes (1864–1912), the 3rd Duke Decazes and Glücksberg. Her maternal grandfather was Isaac Merritt Singer, the American sewing-machine pioneer. After her mother's suicide, she and her siblings were largely raised by their maternal aunt Winnaretta Singer, Princess Edmond de Polignac, a noted patron of the arts, particularly music.

First marriage[edit]

Her first husband, whom she married 10 May 1910 in Paris, was Jean Amédée Marie Anatole de Broglie Prince de Broglie (born in Paris on 27 January 1886). He reportedly died of influenza on 20 February 1918 while serving with the French Army in Mascara, Algeria, though malicious observers gossiped that he actually committed suicide as a result of his homosexuality having been exposed.

They had three daughters:

  • Princess Emmeline Isabelle Edmée Séverine de Broglie (Neuilly, 16 February 1911 – Onez, Switzerland, 10 September 1986). Married to Marie Alexandre William Alvar Biaudos Comte de Castéja (Paris, 6 April 1907 – Paris, 6 July 1983) in Neuilly, 8 November 1932. Accused of collaboration during World War II, Emmeline de Castéja spent five months in the prison at Frèsnes, France.[2]
  • Princess Jacqueline Marguerite de Broglie (Paris, 5 January 1918 – Crans-Montana, Valais 26 February 1965). Married to Alfred Ignaz Maria Kraus (Sarajevo, 28 November 1908–) in Neuilly, France, 6 October 1941. Divorced in Münster 3 February 1958. After her husband—a Siemens electronics senior manager who served as a counter-espionage agent with the [Abwehr]—[3] was accused of betraying members of the French Resistance during World War II to protect his wife, also a member of the Resistance, Jacqueline Kraus had her head shaved as punishment.[4]

Of her Broglie children, the notoriously caustic Fellowes once said, "The eldest, Emmeline, is like my first husband only a great deal more masculine; the second, Isabelle, is like me without guts; [and] the third, Jacqueline, was the result of a horrible man called Lischmann ...."[5]

Second marriage[edit]

Her second husband, whom she married on 9 August 1919 in London, was The Hon. Reginald Ailwyn Fellowes (1884–1953), of Donnington Grove. He was a banker cousin of Winston Churchill and the son of William Fellowes, 2nd Baron de Ramsey.

They had one child, Rosamond Daisy Fellowes (1921–1998). She married in 1941 (divorced 1945), as her first husband, Captain James Gladstone, and had one son, James Reginald (born 1943). He married Mary Valentine Chiodetti in 1965. She married in 1953 (divorced), as her second husband, Tadeusz Maria Wiszniewski (1917–2005); they had one daughter, Diana Marguerite Mary Wiszniewska (born 1953).

Affairs[edit]

Among Fellowes's lovers was Duff Cooper, the British ambassador to France. She also attempted to seduce Winston Churchill, shortly before marrying his cousin Reginald Fellowes, but failed.[6]

Literary works[edit]

Fellowes wrote several novels and at least one epic poem. Her best-known work is Les dimanches de la comtesse de Narbonne (1931, published in English as "Sundays"). She also wrote the novel Cats in the Isle of Man.

Status as fashion icon[edit]

She was known as one of the most daring fashion plates of the 20th century, arguably the most important patron of the surrealist couturier Elsa Schiaparelli. She was also a friend of the jeweller Suzanne Belperron.[7] She was also a longtime customer of jeweller Cartier.[8]

Death[edit]

Daisy Fellowes died at her hotel particulier on the Rue de Lille number 69, Paris[9]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Tapert & Edkins, Annette & Diana (1994), The Power of Style – The Women Who Defined The Art of Living Well, Crown Publishers 

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Archives de l'état civil de Paris en ligne, acte de naissance numéro 16/494/1890 ; avec mention marginale du décès
  2. ^ Lisa Hilton, The Horror of Love: Nancy Mitford and Gaston Palewski in Paris and London (Open Road Media, 2012)
  3. ^ http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/details/C11235013?descriptiontype=Full&ref=KV+2/1727
  4. ^ Artemis Cooper and Antony Beevor, Paris After the Liberation, 1944–1949 (Penguin, 2004)
  5. ^ David Herbert, Second Son: An Autobiography (Owen, 1972), page 80
  6. ^ Mary S. Lovell, The Churchills: In Love and War (W.W. Norton, 2011), page 313
  7. ^ Raulet, Sylvie; Baroin, Olivier (16 December 2011). Suzanne Belperron. Antique Collectors Club. p. 351. ISBN 978-1-85149-625-9. 
  8. ^ http://www.jewelsdujour.com/2013/08/on-jeweled-wings-daisy-fellowes-a-spectacular-boivin-brooch/
  9. ^ Connaissance des arts, Axelle de Gaigneron, Dernier regard sur l'hôtel particulier du faubourg Saint-Germain dans lequel régna l'Honorable Mrs Reginald Fellowes, N°302 – avril 1977, page 86-93

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