Columbus: Meryl Gordon on Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend
Where: Book Culture
536 W. 112th St.
212-865-1588 Price: Free
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A style icon and American aristocrat, Bunny Mellon led a simultaneously glamorous and private live. Best friend to Jackie Kennedy – she designed the White House Rose Garden at JFK’s request – and muse to burgeoning French designers Cristóbal Balenciaga and his successor Hubert de Givenchy, Bunny served as a living witness to 20th Century American history. Bunny Mellon operated in the intersecting arenas of politics, art and fashion, mingling with Presidents, Queens, Duchesses, Hollywood actors, couturiers, artists and Russian ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin. She was on intimate terms with the giants of her era: hosting Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip for lunch on their first official trip to the U.S., and going to Carl Jung for analysis in the 1940s when she wanted to deal with lingering childhood insecurities and a difficult marriage.
Despite her high-profile life, Bunny was incredibly discrete and cherished her privacy above all else, rarely giving interviews. This fall, bestselling author Meryl Gordon brings readers an illuminating biography of this last scion of the gilded age of American wealth,. With the co-operation of Bunny Mellon’s family, Gordon had access to thousands of pages of letters, diaries and appointment calendars, and conducted over 175 interviews with Bunny’s closest confidantes, to capture the spirit of this talented and singular American icon. The book includes never-before-seen photographs and original sketches by Bunny Mellon herself.Buy tickets/get more info now