Style français à l’Américaine, signé Pauline de Rothschild

with Mitchell Owens

June 6, 2012

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Mitchell Owens talks about one of the leading tastemakers of the 20th century, Pauline de Rothschild (1908–1976), who had an explosive impact on fashion and interior design that still reverberates. Her residences in London, Paris, and Pauillac, France, astounded the cognoscenti of the 1950s and 1960s with their innovative juxtapositions of cutting-edge modern art and rare antiques, staged in lyrical decors that reflected the American-born aesthete's idiosyncratic personal taste. Spare in conception yet opulent in effect, le style Pauline was a strikingly individualistic counterpoint to the fabled gôut Rothschild, channeling memories, emotion, and scholarship into a thoroughly modern, entirely authentic way of living. 

Mitchell Owens is the special projects editor of Architectural Digest. His work has appeared in The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Departures, The World of Interiors, and other national and international publications. He wrote In House (Rizzoli, 2009) and edited Elsie de Wolfe: The Birth of Modern Interior Decoration (Acanthus, 2005) and Jansen (Acanthus, 2006). Mr. Owens is presently working on a biography of style icon Pauline de Rothschild.
Recorded Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at Alliance Française de Chicago.