Jacqueline de Ribes - The Art of Style #JacquelinedeRibes

Oldest child of the Count and Countess Jean de Beaumont, she made her entrance into the world on Bastille Day 1929—the 140th anniversary of the insurrection that had cost some of her ancestors their heads. Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, whose originality and elegance established her as one of the most celebrated fashion personas of the twentieth century.  Costume Institute exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art will focus on the internationally renowned style icon. The show will feature about sixty ensembles of haute couture and ready-to-wear primarily from de Ribes's personal archive, dating from 1959 to the present.

 Jacqueline de Ribes in Christian Dior, 1959. Photograph by Roloff Beny, Roloff Beny Estate

Jacqueline de Ribes in Christian Dior, 1959. Photograph by Roloff Beny, Roloff Beny Estate

A muse to haute couture designers, de Ribes had at her disposal their drapers, cutters, and fitters in acknowledgment of their esteem for her taste and originality.

I was very sensitive. I liked everything that touched fantasy and beauty. I dreamed of being a ballerina, but Mother said I was too big, too long.
— Jacqueline de Ribes
 Jacqueline de Ribes in her own design, 1986. Photo by Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Jacqueline de Ribes in her own design, 1986. Photo by Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Jacqueline de Ribes, 1961. Photograph attributed to Raymundo de Larrain for The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Jacqueline de Ribes, 1961. Photograph attributed to Raymundo de Larrain for The Metropolitan Museum of Art