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MAXIME DE LA FALAISE / 1922-2009

Maxime de la Falaise was a 1950s model, and, in the 1960s, an underground movie actress. She is also remembered as a cookery writer and “food maven” and a fashion designer for Chloé and Gérard Pipart. In her later years she pursued a career as a furniture and interior designer.

In the 1950s, Maxime de la Falaise worked for Elsa Schiaparelli as a vendeuse mondaine which she explained as “a sort of muse who was supposed to encourage sales to the rich English”. She modeled for photographers such as Georges Dambier, Jack Robinson, and Cecil Beaton.

She “dressed with uninhibited chic” and according to The Independent, Cecil Beaton once called her “the only truly chic Englishwoman”.

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