Fashion Master Class: Proust's Muse
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Elisabeth de Camaran-Chimay, the Countess Greffulhe (1860-1952), was a famous beauty celebrated for her "aristocratic and artistic elegance," and the inspiration for the character Oriane, Duchess of Guermantes, in Marcel Proust's epic work, In Search of Lost Time. Fashion historian Laurent Cotta discusses "power dressing" in Paris in the 1800s while exploring an exhibition first staged in Palais Galliera in Paris and now opening at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.