La Marchesa Luisa Casati con un levriero, by Giovanni Boldini
Luisa Casati was an Italian heiress, patron of the arts, socialite, eccentric, artist's muse, and fashionista. The modern high-fashion clothing line Marchesa is named after her. She is known as one of the earliest female dandies and femme fatales and was, during her time, a major European celebrity and socialite.

Full Name Luisa, Marchesa Casati Stampa di Soncino
Who socialite
Birth Date January 23, 1881
Death Date June 1, 1957
Country Italy
Born Milan, Italy
Died London, England, UK
Cause of Death old age
Father Alberto Amman
Mother Lucia Bressi
Spouse Camillo, Marchese Casati Stampa di Soncino
Siblings Francesca Amman Padulli
Children Cristina Casati Stampa di Soncino


Casati was painted by Giovanni Boldini, Paolo Troubetzkoy, Kees van Dongen, and Man Ray.

Casati was the longterm lover of Gabriele d'Annuzio, who later wrote about her and included her as a character in his book Forse che si forse che no (1910).

Casati had an affair with Romaine Brooks, who also painted her in 1920 while in Capri.

Casati was an enchanting inspiration for Michel Georges Michel, who used her as a character in two of his books, published in 1922 and 1924.

Casati was a friend and muse to Robert de Montessquiou, Romain de Tirtoff, Jean Cocteau, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Fortunato Depero, Umberto Boccioni, Augustus John, and Cecil Beaton.

Casati was a friend of Compton Mackenzie, who wrote about her in his published diaries.

In 1930, Casati was $25 million in debt (about $325 million today), and was forced to sell many of her homes and possessions. Among the most interested of bidders was Coco Chanel. Humiliated by the sale, Casati afterward fled to obscurity in London.

Casati's only grandchild married Woodrow Wyatt.

Casati is the great-grandmother of Octavius Black.

Casati's influences on high fashion extended far past her days as the flamboyant fashionista of the 1920's. Georgina Chapman named the line Marchesa after her, and John Galliano the 1998 Christian Dior collection on her style. Alexander McQueen's 2007 collection was also inspired by Casati, and Karl Lagerfeld named her as a major muse for his 2010 cruise-wear collection.


Milan, Italy - Born here, 1881.

Paris, France - Often visited here.

Venice, Italy - Lived here, 1910 - 1919.

Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK - Visited here, around 1915.

Capri, Italy - Lived here, 1919 - 1920.

London, England, UK - Lived here from 1930. Died here, 1957.

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