Luisa, Marquise Casati Stampa di Soncino (23 January 1881 – 1 June 1957)Europe’s most notorious celebrity and its most eccentric. For the first three decades of the twentieth century shes astounded the continent. She collected palaces and exotic animals as much as fabulous dresses.
Nude servants gilded in gold leaf attented her. Unknown artists and aristocracy sat at her dining table. She wore live snakes as jewellry and was infamous for her evening strolls, naked beneath her furs, parading cheetahs on diamond-studded leashes.