Born in a wealthy British aristocratic environment, Stephen Tennent became a prominent member of a group of young, carefree and affluent personalities in the 1920s and 1930s that included such representatives as Cecil Beaton and the Mitford sisters: the ‘Bright Young Things’ as they were entitled by gossip columnists. An early assumed homosexual, Stephen Tennant built his frivolous existence and reputation on his narcissistic elegance and charm, telling his father at a young age that what he would want to become later in life would be 'a great beauty'. He dared to appear in charming feminine garments, adorned in jewelry and ribbons and covered in foundation that enhanced his poetic juvenile grace. He spent the 17 last years of his existence in a 'decorative reclusion' surrounded by his drawing, kitsch postcards and laying in as a Pasha on an oriental bed where he received the visits of famous figures such as Mick Jagger and David Hockney. ‘The Bright Young Things’ had changed the relationship of the public and the press with the rich and famous as they offered their scandalous outfits and behaviour to gossip columns that have since built a growing fascination with celebrities. Among these figures stood the eccentric and decadent Stephen Tennent who later inspired the likes of David Bowie and Boy George.