An intriguing trip to Venice

WAG’s latest issue is devoted to “Exploring the Fashionable,” with our cover story featuring an interview with actress, author and activist Ali MacGraw.

When we were talking to the Westchester native about her latest project – design work for the ibu movement that resulted in clothing and accessories supporting women artisans around the world – we touched on the idea of enduring style.

It was then that MacGraw commented on some women whose style she had long admired, from the eccentric Italian heiress Marchesa Luisa Casati to actress Katharine Hepburn.

In a case of “small world,” we had recently received an advance copy of “The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice.”

Written by biographer Judith Mackrell and published Sept. 5 by Thames & Hudson, “The Unfinished Palazzo,” press materials share, “tells the fascinating story of the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, Italy through the lives of three of its most unconventional, passionate, and fascinating residents: Italian heiress and art patron Luisa Casati, British socialite Doris Castlerosse, and art collector Peggy Guggenheim.”

During their time living in the palazzo, these three women would advance its history in their decidedly unique fashions.

We’ve been captivated by the book that’s already become a best-selling title in the United Kingdom.

We hope that you’ll also check it out, as well as our interview with MacGraw

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– Mary Shustack


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