In 1922, Luisa Casati acquired the Palais Rose, previously owned by the poet and dandy the Comte Robert de Montesquiou; this elegant mansion of red marble was situated in the exclusive enclave of Le Vésinet just outside of Paris. There, the Marchesa transformed a detached pavilion into a private art gallery devoted to the glorification of her own image. Within this sanctum, visitors could view more than one hundred and thirty renderings of Casati by master artists in oil, ink, pastel, clay, bronze and wax. It is no wonder that the Marchesa's residence became known as her very own Palais du rêve: Luisa's dream palace. Following here is a tantalizing selection of such artworks, as well as contemporary fashions inspired by La Casati.

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1. The Palais Rose, ca. 1922

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2. Luisa Casati in her Alecchino bianco costume by Guiglio de Blaas, 1913

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3. Luisa Casati in 18th-century fancy dress by Guiglio de Blaas, 1913

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4. Sketch of Luisa Casati by

Augustus John, ca. 1942

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5.  The Marchesa Casati by 

Federico Beltrán Masses, 1920

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6. Luisa by Kees van Dongen, 1921

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7. The Marchesa Casati by

Roberto Montenegro, 1914

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8. Un lent réveil après de métempsycoses by Alberto Martini, 1912

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John Galliano Spring/Summer 1998 Haute Couture by John Galliano
© by Christian Dior Couture, Paris

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Tom Ford for YSL Rive Gauche Spring/Summer 2004 Prêt-à-Porter
by Tom Ford

© by Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche

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Alexander McQueen Spring 2007 

Prêt-à-Porter
by Alexander McQueen

© by Alexander McQueen

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John Galliano for Dior Autumn/Winter 2007/2008

Haute Couture
by John Galliano

© by Christian Dior Couture, Paris

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Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel 2009/2010 Croisière
by Karl Lagerfeld

© by Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel

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Dries Van Noten Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 Prêt-à-Porter
by Dries Van Noten

© by Patrice Stable - STUDIO MIL PAT

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Alberta Ferretti Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 Limited Edition
by Alberta Ferretti

© by Alberta Ferretti

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Bill Gaytten for John Galliano Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 

Prêt-à-Porter
by Bill Gaytten

© by John Galliano (Paris)

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Casati Inspires Contemporary Fashion