Ball gown, by Jacques Griffe, 1949, owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Silk, nylon, rayon. Worn by Nan Kempner on the occasion of her debut. Photos (Top): Metropolitan Museum of Art; (Bottom): Natalie Zee Drieu (nataliezdrieu) on Flickr.
As Diana Vreeland once said "There are no chic women in America. The one exception is Nan Kempner." We look back a the NYC socialite known for her tremendous charity efforts and dazzling style for a quick fashion lesson in classic elegance.