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Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan

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  • For those seeking the famous Fiat roof top test track, this is where to find it. For some strange reason, Turin does little to promote this iconic place, and there is nothing in the way of signage to guide you. It is also listed on Tripadvisor under '8Gallery Lingotto', 'Pinacoteca Gianni e Marella Agnelli' and 'Lingotto Conference Center' just to...

    Marella Agnelli’s homes are the ultimate expression of the theatrical beauty that a cultivated eye can achieve. In advance of a new book about the woman dubbed Truman Capote’s “Last Swan”, Lucia van der Post exclusively reveals her private list of best-loved designers and artisans

  • Marella Agnelli’s homes are the ultimate expression of the theatrical beauty that a cultivated eye can achieve. In advance of a new book about the woman dubbed Truman Capote’s “Last Swan”, Lucia van der Post exclusively reveals her private list of best-loved designers and artisans

    Marella Agnelli’s homes are the ultimate expression of the theatrical beauty that a cultivated eye can achieve. In advance of a new book about the woman dubbed Truman Capote’s “Last Swan”, Lucia van der Post exclusively reveals her private list of best-loved designers and artisans


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  • Marella Agnelli
    Princess of Castagneto
    Marella Agnelli in the 1950s
    Born Princess Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto
    (1927-05-04) 4 May 1927 (age 89)
    Florence, Kingdom of Italy
    Spouse Gianni Agnelli
    (1953-2003, his death)
    Issue Edoardo Agnelli
    Countess Margherita Agnelli de Pahlen
    House House of Caracciolo
    Religion Roman Catholic
    Occupation Art collector, socialite, style icon, writer, landscape designer, garden designer and photographer

    The exclusive world of one of the twentieth century’s most glamorous and alluring women, as seen through her private homes and gardens. Nicknamed "The Swan" by Richard Avedon when he photographed her iconic portrait in 1953, Marella Agnelli is not only one of the great beauties of the last century, but also the most elegant and cultured of that exclusive club. Born the Neapolitan princess Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto, she became Marella Agnelli with her marriage to Gianni Agnelli, the Fiat industrialist. However, her innate style dates back to her New York internship with photographer Erwin Blumenfeld, and she was a Vogue contributor in the 1950s and ’60s as well as appearing in its pages. One of the most photographed women of the jet-set society, she was captured by Avedon as well as Irving Penn, Henry Clarke, Horst, and Robert Doisneau, among others. Agnelli collaborated with the best artists and designers of her day, with her many residences as their palette. From Italian interior design legend Renzo Mongiardino—who worked on her New York apartment alongside a young Peter Marino—to Gae Aulenti, the important Italian architect, who built her homes in Turin and Marrakech, Agnelli created a series of extraordinary houses and gardens, full of timeless elegance, invaluable art, and groundbreaking decorating ideas. With ten residences spread throughout Turin, Rome, Milan, New York, St. Moritz, and Marrakech, ranging from regally classic villas to ultramodern apartments, her impeccable taste shines through in these gorgeous interiors and gardens. One of the famous modern fairy tales of love, glamour, and heartbreak, Marella Agnelli has become an icon of our times.

Marella Caracciolo; Paolo Pejrone; Photographer-Marella Agnelli

Above: Villa Frescot in Turin, the Agnelli family headquarters. "Some people like to look at gardens. I like to live them," says Marella Agnelli. In The Last Swan ("swan" being a nickname from Richard Avedon), Agnelli's niece and namesake Marella Caracciolo Chia brings together the collage while Agnelli, who is also a good story teller, reflects. Marella senior's passion for the fabric of life, both indoors and out, is a running theme in this book. Photograph by Oberto Gili.