cleo de merode is the rare exception to tragic beauties. i feel like so many times we hear of phenomenal people, especially exceptional creative types who end up plagued by misfortune. as humans, we’re conditioned to hope for the best and aim for happy endings but so often, we’re denied. the story of cleo de merode is that she was a beautiful girl, daughter of nobles and fantastic dancer. her whole life she was seen as a fashion icon and beacon of glamour, taste and style. aside from her ensnaring beauty she made great strides for the world of ballet and was basically loved by all who knew her. she danced to her early fifties and then retired in a tropical paradise. thank god, happy endings do exist. and speaking of glamorous types, this post is in honor of my good friend cleo, who embodies the spirit of ms. de merode effortlessly. happy birthday cleo.
1: just bouncing around austria: dress by christian dior, hat by erin fetherston, socks by christian dior, shoes by lanvin
2: off to perform: dress by jason wu, shoes by valentino
3: i’m a free bitch baby: coat by oscar de la renta, dress by isaac mizrahi, shoes by givenchy