Elle Dec UK December 2009
"Wartime code breaker, model, expert on medieval English cookery, interior designer, friend to Andy Warhol...These are just a few of the many accomplishments of Maxime de la Falaise (1922-2009), whom Cecile Beaton once called "the only truly chic Englishwoman of her generation". She came from a wealthy but bohemain family of artists (her father was Edwardian portraitist Sir Oswald Birley) and grew up at Charleston Manor in Sussex, famous as the creative hub of the Bloomsbury Group. After marrying - and divorcing - a French Count, she turned her hand to a dizzying array of careers, notably as consultant to Yves Saint Laurent (her daughter Loulou and granddaughter Lucie later became muses to the designer). In the 1980s, she retired to Provence to write her memoirs - sadly, they remained unpublished when she died last April."
What a DAME!