The daughter of a rail-road heir, Gloria Vanderbilt inherited a fortune at her father's death when she was only a baby. Her trust funds were under the control of her mother who, scrutinized by a paternal aunt, lost custody of her daughter who had found herself at the centre of a national scandalous trial. Gloria Vanderbilt earned a reputation as an artist and she designed specific works and patterns for home-wear and paper products. During the 1970s, she launched her own scarves and clothing line – her designer jeans meeting with huge success - while she imagined several perfumes bearing her name and a pioneer, she moved the designer from behind closed curtains to centre stage. From beautiful heiress who seduced numerous sex-symbols such as Marlon Brando and Gene Kelly and an inspiration to Truman Capote for the character of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Gloria Vanderbilt turned into a modern time lady who lived many lives and dared to publish an erotic novel as an octogenarian.