Muses

Babe Paley (1915 - 1978)

Barbara Cushing was the daughter of a renowned American surgeon and therefore was brought up in a wealthy environment. In 1934, she was disfigured in a serious car accident and underwent re-constructive surgery that turned her into a beautiful woman. In 1938, she began working as a fashion editor at Vogue magazine and developed her taste and style before she married an oil tycoon and became a member of the International Best Dressed Women. In 1947, she married William Paley and left her job at Vogue, becoming a full-time socialite and influential style icon – when she once casually tied a colourful scarf to her handbag, thousands of women followed her example. With her signature crimson lips, her extravagant costume jewellery and her natural elegance, she inspired numerous fashion designers such as Valentino and Charles James while her features emulated photographers such as Horst P. Horst and Erwin Blumenfeld who compared her to an El Greco painting. In particular a muse to Truman Capote who included her to his closed circle of 'Swans', 'Mrs P., had only one fault' according to the writer, 'She was perfect; otherwise, she was perfect'.

Tags / Babe Paley - It Women - Muses - 1950s - American Socialite - Elegance - Fashion
Kenneth Paul Block, Portrait of
Kenneth Paul Block, Portrait of "Babe" Paley, 1964
Lord Snowdon, Portrait of
Lord Snowdon, Portrait of "Babe" Paley in New York, 1958
Slim Aarons, Portrait of Wiliiam S Paley with his wife Barbara ('Babe') at Long Island
Slim Aarons, Portrait of Wiliiam S Paley with his wife Barbara ('Babe') at Long Island
John Rawlings, Portrait of Barbara
John Rawlings, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Cushing Mortimer Paley, Vogue, February 1946
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Barbara
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Cushing Mortimer Paley, Vogue, February 1946
John Rawlings, Portrait of Barbara
John Rawlings, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1946
Erwin Blumenfeld, Portrait  of Barbara
Erwin Blumenfeld, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1947
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbara
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1960
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbara
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1960
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Barbara
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1964
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of  Barbara
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley in her wedding dress, 1940
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Portrait of Barbara
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, Dwight Eisenhower's inaugural ball, 1953
Portrait of Barbara
Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1953
Barbara
Barbara "Babe" Paley in Capri, 1960's
Kenneth Paul Block, Portrait of
Kenneth Paul Block, Portrait of "Babe" Paley in Mainbocher and Amanda Burden in Sarm, 1965
John Rawlings, Portrait of Barbara
John Rawlings, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1947
John Rawlings, Portrait of Barbara
John Rawlings, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1945
Slim Aorons, Barbara
Slim Aorons, Barbara "Babe" Paley at hr cottage, Round Hill, Jamaica, 1959
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Barbara
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1939
Lord Snowdon, Portrait of
Lord Snowdon, Portrait of "Babe" Paley in New York, 1958
John Rawlings, The September 17, 1940 wedding of Stanley Mortimer and Barbara
John Rawlings, The September 17, 1940 wedding of Stanley Mortimer and Barbara "Babe" Paley
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Barbara
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1939
John Rawlings, Portrait of Barbara
John Rawlings, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1941
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Barbara
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1939
Erwin Blumenfeld, Portrait  of Barbara
Erwin Blumenfeld, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley wearing hat by J.Fredericks and Cartier Pin, 1946
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Barbara
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1940
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Barbara
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1937
Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr and Barbara
Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr and Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1936
Clifford Coffin, Portrait of Barbara
Clifford Coffin, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, British Vogue, 1946
Clifford Coffin, Portrait of Barbara
Clifford Coffin, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, British Vogue, 1946
Portrait of Barbara
Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1950's
George Platt Lynes, Portrait of Barbara
George Platt Lynes, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1945
Truman Capote and Barbara
Truman Capote and Barbara "Babe" Paley in Paris, 1950's
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Barbara
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1964
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbara
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbara "Babe" Paley, 1960's
Gloria Guinness, William and Babe Paley at Truman Capote's Black & White Ball in 1966
Gloria Guinness, William and Babe Paley at Truman Capote's Black & White Ball in 1966
 Babe Paley with William Paley and Truman Capote in Jamaica, 1960's
Babe Paley with William Paley and Truman Capote in Jamaica, 1960's
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