They Don’t Make Them Like Marisa Berenson Anymore

Before she played Tilda Swinton‘s cool, Fendi-clad mother-in-law in I Am Love, Marisa Berenson had another claim to Italian fame, as the granddaughter of Elsa Schiaparelli, the fabled surrealist fashion designer and lobster-print advocate.


And even though young Marisa—widely accepted as the It-girl of the early 70s (partly because Yves Saint Laurent proclaimed her so)—modeled in countless fashion magazines and graced countless covers, it wasn’t long before she felt the gravitational pull of cinema. Her star turns in groundbreaking films such as Luchino Visconti’s Death in Venice, Bob Fosse’s Cabaret, and Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon made her an enduring icon.

Her incredible, precocious, fabulous life will see all new life this October in a book from Rizzoli, complete with an introduction by Hamish Bowles, a conversation with Diane von Furstenberg, and guest-edited by Steven Meisel. The title pretty much says it all: Marisa Berenson: A Life in Pictures.

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