Millicent Rogers; a magnetic esthetic..
her influence can still be seen today
Millicent Rogers was known for mixing it up and bending the rules in the days when fashion was dictated by editors and designers. When she liked a simple local style, whether it was a Tyrolean look or the squaw skirts she saw on Native Americans in New Mexico, she still relied on good tailoring to pull it off. She bought or sketched the item and then sent it to her couturiers—often Charles James, Elsa Schiaparelli or Mainbocher—to make a version to her measurements out of fine fabrics. When she liked the lines of an Italian truck driver's jacket, she had it recreated down to the bright orange lining, but as a ski coat. Then she added a red fox collar. The following are modern versions of her classics:
|When living in Taos, she often wore a large billowing white sleeved blouse with countless bangles, a large brooch, and a broomstick velvet skirt in the Indian fashion. Today it is called the "boho" look.|
|The Iris Epfel show at a past NY Costume Institute exhibition reflects Millicent's influence|
|A model/actress exhibits the Millicent Rogers allure|
|Ian Fleming author of the 007's James Bond series|
Her romantic conquests, though, paled in comparison to her triumph in the fashion world where she electrified the fashionistas by becoming the muse to designer Charles James, appearing in Vogue & and Harper's Bazaar. Millicent Rogers was known for mixing it up and bending the rules in the days when fashion was dictated by editors and designers. When she liked a simple local style, whether it was a Tyrolean look or the squaw skirts she saw on Native Americans in New Mexico, she still relied on good tailoring to pull it off.
She was also muse to the jewelry designers; Verdura and Paul Flato
|On the left are the Chanel cuffs that are so in fashion today.|
Fulco di Verdura (20 March 1898 – 15 August 1978), or Fulco Santo Stefano della Cerda, Duke of Verdura, and Marquis of Murata la Cerda, was an influential Italian jeweller. His career began with an introduction to designerGabrielle "Coco" Chanel by composer Cole Porter. He opened his own jewelry salon, which he called Verdura, in 1939.
Paul Flato: Jeweler to the Stars celebrates the work of Hollywood's first celebrity jeweler. At the height of Flato's career, he was more famous than Tiffany & Co. or Harry Winston. Branching into motion pictures at the pinnacle of Hollywood's Golden Era, Flato designed jewelry for a total of six films, including Holiday (1938) with Katherine Hepburn and the disastrous flop, Two Faced Woman (1941), the last film Greta Garbo ever made. Now, more than a half-century later, Flato's distinctive jewelry, still fresh and chic, has reemerged to a new audience and jewelry connoisseurs alike.
In the late forties she retreated to Taos, New Mexico where she found a new spiritual life and popularized Southwestern style.
She was a great collector of Indian jewelry, and wore it with her broomstick skirt and Indian moccasins.
She died at the age of only 51 from a heart attack due to an enlarged heart (five times the size of normal) from childhood rheumatic fever and heart trouble all of her life. Because she knew that her life would be short, she lived life to it's fullest, and made the most of each day when she was well and able.