Jacqueline de Ribes

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Jacqueline de Ribes
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Born Jacqueline Bonnin de La Bonninière de Beaumont
(1929-07-14) 14 July 1929 (age 85)
Nationality French
Occupation designer and socialite
Spouse(s) Comte Édouard de Ribes (1948–2013)
Children Madame Elisabeth van der Kemp née de Ribes and Comte Jean de Ribes
  • Jean de Beaumont, comte Bonnin de la Bonninière de Beaumont (deceased)
  • Paule de Rivaud de La Raffinière (deceased)

Jacqueline, Comtesse de Ribes (born 14 July 1929)[1][2] in Paris, France is a French aristocrat, socialite and fashion designer. She is also a member of the International Best Dressed List since 1962.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

She was born 1929 in Paris as Jacqueline Bonnin de La Bonninière de Beaumont. Her parents were Jean de Beaumont, comte Bonnin de la Bonninière de Beaumont (1904–2002), and his wife Paule de Rivaud de La Raffinière (1908–1999). She grew up in an atmosphere of French aristocratic wealth and elegance. One of her famous relatives was her uncle Étienne de Beaumont, comte Bonnin de la Bonninière de Beaumont (1883–1956).

In February 1948, she married Édouard de Ribes, vicomte de Ribes (1923–2013), a rich and successful banker, who subsequently became comte de Ribes. They have two children, a daughter Elisabeth (born 17 February 1949)[1] and a son vicomte Jean de Ribes (born 4 August 1952).[1] Her daughter married Frank Van der Kemp,[1] son of Gérald Van der Kemp (1912–2002). Their daughter Alix Van der Kemp married Count Pierre de la Rochefoucauld at Château de Versainville in Normandy in 2004.[5]

Life in fashion and society[edit]

By the age of 25, she was appearing on the lists of best-dressed women, having consistently worn haute couture clothing all her life. She was consistently named to the International Best Dressed List. She was one of the guests who attended Carlos de Beistegui famous "Le Bal oriental" in 1951, Alexis von Rosenberg, Baron de Redé famous "Bal des Têtes" in 1957 and the "Oriental bal" in 1969, both at the Hôtel Lambert. She was also invited to Truman Capote's "Black and White Ball" in 1966.

She has been the muse of many designers such as Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent and Guy Laroche.

Although she was interested in designing and had always considered Coco Chanel one of her heroes,[6] her upbringing did not encourage women of her class to work. So her longing to have a salon of her own was not fulfilled until she was well into her fifties. Her first collection was shown in Paris and New York in 1983.[7] Her aura of discreet grandeur and innate sense of good taste ensured that the gowns she designed were greatly admired by the ladies of her society.

She retired from designing in 1994 for health reasons.

On 14 July 2010, the French President Nicolas Sarkozy decorated her as a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur[8] at the Elysée Palace.

Famous parties[edit]

Year Title Host Location
1951 Le Bal oriental or sometimes called Le Bal du Siècle[9] Carlos de Beistegui Palazzo Labia, Venice
1957 Bal des Têtes[10] Alexis von Rosenberg, Baron de Rédé Hôtel Lambert, Paris
1960 Il ballo dei re Duke and Duchess of Serra di Cassano Palazzo Serra di Cassano, Naples
1965 My Fair Lady Ball[11] Madame. Hélène Rochas La Grande Cascade, Bois de Boulogne, Paris
1966 Black and White Ball[12] Mr. Truman Capote Plaza Hotel, New York
1968 The Patiño Ball Monseiur. Antenor Patiño and Madame. Beatriz Patiño La Quinta, Estoril, Portugal
1968 La Dolce Vita Ball Monseiur. Pierre Schlumberger and Madame. São Schlumberger Quinta do Vinagre, Colares (Sintra), Portugal
1969 The White Ball[13] Prince Prince Rupert Loewenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg and

Princess Josephine zu Löewenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg

Holland Park, London
1969 Oriental Bal[14][15] Alexis von Rosenberg, Baron de Rédé Hôtel Lambert, Paris
1971 The Proust Bal[16] Baroness Marie-Hélène de Rothschild and Baron Guy de Rothschild Château de Ferrières



  • 1929–48: Mademoiselle Jacqueline Bonnin de La Bonninière de Beaumont
  • 1948–81: Jacqueline, Vicomtesse de Ribes
  • 1981–: Jacqueline, Comtesse de Ribes[22]


External links[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Le Nobiliaire de France ˆ Tome II. 1976. p. 1420. 
  2. ^ Amy Fine Collins (23 August 2010). "The Last Queen of Paris". Style. Vanity Fair. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  3. ^ VF Staff (1962). "World's Best Dressed Women". The International Hall of Fame: Women. Vanity Fair. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Ultimate Style – The Best of the Best Dressed List. 2004. p. 89. ISBN 2 84323 513 8. 
  5. ^ "Suzy". Women’s Wear Daily. 24 September 2004. 
  6. ^ Gainesville Sun, 30 September 1985, archive
  7. ^ Palm Beach Daily News, 24 January 1984, archive
  8. ^ Olivier de Granvil (14 July 2010). "Légion d’Honneur: L’intégralité de la promotion du 14 Juillet". Ministère de la culture et de la communication. NationsPresse.Info. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Vickers 2005, p. 76
  10. ^ Vickers 2005, pp. 98–99
  11. ^ Vickers 2005, p. 126
  12. ^ Party of the Century – The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and his Black and White Ball. 2006. p. 265. ISBN 047009821X. 
  13. ^ Foulkes 2012, p. 234
  14. ^ Vickers 2005, p. 133
  15. ^ Foulkes 2012, p. 245
  16. ^ Foulkes 2012, p. 277
  17. ^ "Hall of Fame – Countess Jacqueline de Ribes". Vanity Fair (625): 189. September 2012. 
  18. ^ Portraits Best Dressed Hall of Fame – Countesss Jacqueline de Ribes
  19. ^ Vanity Fair
  20. ^ The Fashion Book. 2001. p. 391. ISBN 0 7148 4118 8. 
  21. ^ People, 16 December 1985.
  22. ^ Foulkes 2012, p. 300
  • Vickers, Hugo (2005). Alexis: The Memoirs of the Baron de Rédé. ISBN 1-904349-03-X. 
  • Foulkes, Nicholas (2012). Bals – Legendary Costume Balls of the Twentieth Century. ISBN 9 781614 280002.