Introduction from Infinite Variety, The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati:
“She was the most scandalous woman of her day.”
The Marchesa Luisa Casati was Europe’s most notorious celebrity, and its most eccentric. For the first three decades of the twentieth century she astounded the continent. Nude servants gilded in gold leaf attended her. Bizarre wax mannequins sat as guests at her dining table. She wore live snakes as jewelry. And she was infamous for her evening strolls, naked beneath her furs, parading cheetahs on diamond-studded leashes.
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