The Three Graces by Antonio Canova, 1817.
Like The Three Graces, so too exist taste, flair, and elegance.
Where does it all stem from? Is it merely a manifestation of, or in some cases a reaction to, one's background ? Or, is it something more ?
An Aesthete' Lament regarding Hubert de Givenchy,
Something to ponder: Would he have been as elegant if he was a selfmade man and learned about taste on his own? Or does his elegance come from being a baron, ie having grown up in an aristocratic milieu?
Whilst taste can be taught, the same cannot be said of elegance. After all, good taste is nothing more than an accepted paradigm. Elegance is like flair, either one has it or one doesn't. Elegance is akin to the attainment of a state of grace. It is unshakable and immutable. Monsieur de Givenchy is one of the rare few who seem to have been born with it. One suspects, had he been born a peasant and been a pig farmer, undoubtedly he would have been the most elegant pig farmer the world had ever known.
In spite of her mysterious background, Gloria Guinness, dubbed La Ultima, was one of the most flawlessly elegant women of the XX Century.
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Friday, 4 July 2008
Posted by HOBAC at 21:10