A member of the Romanov family, Natalie Paley who was born in Boulogne, France, returned to Russia with her family in 1912 and violently lived the Bolchevik Revolution, facing the murders of her brother and father and being raped before managing to escape with her mother and sisters in 1918. Settled in Paris, Natalie Paley developed what would be her lifelong mood: a melancholic, eccentric and icy personality. In 1926, the Russian princess met Lucien Lelong who engaged her in his famous couture house and soon married her although he was distant and famous for his homosexual affairs but the situation perfectly suited Natalie Paley who, traumatized by the Russian Revolution and her rape, never appreciated intimate sexual relationships. The beautiful, graceful and elegant muse of the Lelong house promptly dictated her own fashion trends, gracing the pages of Vogue magazine through the lenses of her time's most important photographers. Searching for platonic affairs, Natalie Paley was most often attracted to homosexuals such as Serge Lifar and Jean Cocteau who, to increase his glory, exaggerated their story. To escape France and the ridicule rumours surrounding her after her divorce from Lucien Lelong, in 1937, she began a short film career and moved to New York where she married another reputable homosexual, John Chapman and worked for Mainbocher. Surely the most beautiful love story of her life was with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, yet another spiritual affair made of stunning letters.