'Rita de Acosta Lydig' by Adolphe de Meyer

  • Baron Adolphe de Meyer

  • Henry Clarke leg, 1997
  • circa 1913
  • Platinum print
  • GALH1185T
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Rita de Acosta (1879-1929) arose from Spanish parents settled in New York. It was one of the foremost women of the American and international high society, renowned for its eccentricity. Diana Vreeland drew again the attention on her during the exhibition(exposure) American Women of style in Metropolitan in 1975. Rita drew herself her models which she made realize by the sisters Callot whose she financed the fashion house. She wears here one of the evening dresses with a low back which she had made her signature and which had caused a scandal in the Opera. Far from more agreed worldly portraits, Baron de Meyer insists here on this perfect back which she emphasized, while releasing the profile of a woman in the exceptional beauty. This portrait was published in Harper's Bazaar in March, 1917. The platinum print allows a subtle quality of depiction of the materials(subjects) and the nuances. Another copy is preserved in Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Notice's author : Sylvie Lécallier