Style Icon 101- Talitha Getty

  • Talitha Getty met Jean Paul Getty at a dinner party hosted by Claus von Bulow. She was being pursued by Rudoph Nureyev at the time but he couldn’t make the dinner and in his place came JP and the rest is history.
  • She married Jean Paul Getty in a white hooded mini, trimmed in mink.
  • She was the muse of YSL (above right with Talitha and Pierre Berges) who said, ‘When I knew Talitha Getty my vision completely changed. I knew the generation of the 60s: Talitha and Paul Getty lying under a roof of stars in Marrakesh, beautiful and damned, and a whole generation assembled as if for eternity where the curtain of the past seemed to rise on an extraordinary future.’
  • She named her son Tara Gabriel Galaxy Gramophone Getty.
  • She named her riad  in Marrakech ‘The Pleasure Palace’. Vogue at the time reported on her lifestyle- A welcoming, fantastical, joyous life, at once sensible and sybaritic…Mrs. Getty prowls the marketplace, bringing back delights for the house and table. Best she brings back entertainers—dancers, acrobats, storytellers, geomancers and magicians. A day that began with a picnic on a great flat rock near a waterfall in the Atlas Mountains may end with a dinner for a houseful of young Moroccan and European friends by the light of candles, among roses wound with mint. While Salome is playing in the background, snake charmers charm and tea boys dance, balancing on their feet trays freighted with mint tea and burning candles.
  • While Talitha lead, hosted and participated in the lavish drug-fueled scene, one thing she never lost control of was her style. In equal or disproportionate parts, she could be seen in couture (YSL, Ossie Clark and Valentino), ethnic (caftans, Balinese wraps, Palestinian wedding dresses, Moroccan djellabas) and loads of costume jewelry—a style that designer Phoebe Philo one recalled as “couture of the souks”
  • Musicians, artists and the rich and young lost their minds and inhibitions at the Getty’s 17th century Moorish palace, a place the Rolling Stones’ memoirs, “According to The Rolling Stones,” remembers fondly. “We would climb up on the roof where we could see the snowy mountains above and the gardens below, full of palm trees, squawking birds and fish in tanks. A lot of music was played, and musicians brought in from the Djemaah El-Fra, the great un-square square full of sounds and stories.”
  • Talitha died in Rome, of a heroin overdose, wrapped in a minx cibelina coat.

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