Jacqueline de Ribes

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Jacqueline de Ribes
Born Jacqueline de Beaumont
(1929-07-14) 14 July 1929 (age 86)
Nationality French

Jacqueline, comtesse de Ribes (born 14 July 1929)[1][2] is a French aristocrat, designer, fashion icon, businesswoman , producer, and philanthropist. She has been a member of the International Best Dressed List since 1962.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Jacqueline Bonnin de La Bonninière de Beaumont was born on 14 July 1929 in Paris. Her parents were Jean de Beaumont, comte Bonnin de la Bonninière de Beaumont (1904–2002) and Paule de Rivaud de La Raffinière (1908–1999).

In February 1948 she married Vicomte de Ribes, a successful banker who subsequently became comte de Ribes and Officer of the Legion of Honour,[5] Croix de guerre 1939-1945.[6][7]

Life in fashion and society[edit]

De Ribes has been the muse of designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino and Guy Laroche.[citation needed]

For twelve years de Ribes created ready-to-wear collections, using marketing techniques to attract famous and elegant international clients such as Joan Collins, Raquel Welch, Barbara Walters, Baroness von Thyssen, Cher, Danielle Steel, Olympia de Rothschild, and Marie-Hélène de Rothschild.[8]

Her creations have been positively received with fashion journalists Hebe Dorsey of the International Herald Tribune[9] and John Fairchild of Women's Wear Daily singing her praises.[10]

Over the years, she became an ambassador of French elegance.[citation needed] Following health problems in 1995, de Ribes was forced to dissolve her company.[citation needed]

Egeria of the greatest photographers[11] Such as Penn, Horst, Avedon, Clarke,[12] Armstrong-Jones,[13] Ostier,[14] David Bailey,[15] Sieff, Slim Aarons, Mondino, and Skrebneski celebrate her pace, style and timeless elegance.

On 14 July 2010, the French President, decorated her as a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur[16] at the Elysée Palace.

Theatre artistic director and producer of Cuevas Ballet[edit]

In 1958, she produced the first play performed at the new Recamier Theatre, When five years will be passed by Federico Garcia Lorca, with Laurent Terzieff[17] and Pascale de Boysson[18] and a Raimundo de Larrain[19] scenery.[20] Then she voluntarily takes very important responsibilities and essential in the company's Ballets du Marquis de Cuevas.

Producer, movies, television[edit]

Following this experience, she co-produced the initiative for the first French television channel, a film in three episodes from the book by Luigi Barzini "Italians", published by Gallimard in 1966. It was during this trip that Visconti asked[21] her to play the duchesse de Guermantes in his next film In Search ... based on the novel by Marcel Proust, she agreed. The film was cancelled after Visconti fell sick.[22] In the 1970s, she focused her efforts on volunteering for show production and co-produced Eurovision television shows to benefit UNICEF.

Active "mécène" of many museums and institutions[edit]

De Ribes chaired the Association of Friends of Foreign Orsay Museum[23] during the Monet exhibition in Tokyo[24] in 1996 and as a benefactor, supports the Friends of several museums and foundations initiatives France. Helps, too, to the restoration and maintenance of French and world heritage, accepting, for example, at the 2007 Biennale, the chair of Venetian Heritage,[25] American Association for the Safeguarding of Venice.

Humanitarian and charitable activities[edit]

Jacqueline de Ribes used her fame to devote it to humanitarian causes throughout the world.[26][27] For all of these actions and committed volunteer for exceptional results, Jacqueline de Ribes is among the winners of the prestigious Women of Achievement Awards Gala[28] at its fifth edition, in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1980, alongside the actress Bette Davis, the archaeologist Iris Love, philanthropist Ann Getty, the Dame Sheila Sherlock hepatologist and politician Jessie M. Rattley, among others...[citation needed]


De Ribes is a pioneer in the field of nature conservation and ecology, as early as 1974 in the Balearic Islands, she works for the respect of the natural beauty and for the survival of the species in the wild islands yet. Convinced of the ecological issue, she decided to orchestrate an international campaign to safeguard the Mediterranean island of Espalmaor, migratory bird refuge. She obtained the classification of the island as a nature reserve and its final backup.[clarification needed]



The Countess de Ribes, was born Jacqueline de Beaumont, she is the daughter[34] of Count Jean de Beaumont[35] (1904-2002) Commander of the Legion of Honor, vice president of the International Olympic Committee, president of the French Academy of Sports and chairman of Cercle de l’Union Interalliée[36]) and Countess, born Paule Rivaud de La Raffinière (1908-1999: daughter of Olivier Rivaud, banker founder of the financial Group Rivaud) a woman of letters,translated F.D. Roosevelt's Memoirs, translated and produced plays by Tennessee Williams and translated Ernest Hemingway's novel "Across the river and into de trees"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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. ^ fr:Catégorie:Officier de la Légion d'honneur
  6. ^ fr:Catégorie:Titulaire de la croix de guerre 1939-1945
  7. ^ "Suzy". Women’s Wear Daily. 24 September 2004. 
  8. ^ Menkes, Suzy, "Couture's Grand Ladies," Illustrated London News, Spring 1990.
  9. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1987/12/29/obituaries/hebe-dorsey-dies-in-france-at-62-fashion-writer-at-herald-tribune.html
  10. ^ Women's Wear Daily
  11. ^ http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/284296
  12. ^ http://www.blog.jewelryaccessories.com/fashion-photographers/375-henry-clarke.html
  13. ^ Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon
  14. ^ André Ostier
  15. ^ David Bailey
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ Laurent Terzieff
  18. ^ fr:Pascale de Boysson
  19. ^ fr:Famille Larraín
  20. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/books/99/09/12/specials/lorca.html
  21. ^ http://patrimoine.editionsjalou.com/lofficiel-de-la-mode-numero_693-page_162-detailp-13-687-162.html
  22. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/13/fashion/13iht-fribes.html?_r=0
  23. ^ http://www.amis-musee-orsay.org/devenez-membre/
  24. ^ http://collection.nmwa.go.jp/en/P.1959-0148.html
  25. ^ http://www.venetianheritage.eu/cms/content/view/12/26/lang,eng/
  26. ^ http://corporatedir.com/us/company/cac0415525-california-embassy-ball-association Ecology Action
  27. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1961&dat=19840124&id=R7kzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zukFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4978,1422605
  28. ^ http://wptheater.org/special-events/women-of-achievement-awards-gala/ Archived November 16, 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  29. ^ "Hall of Fame – Countess Jacqueline de Ribes". Vanity Fair (625): 189. September 2012. 
  30. ^ Portraits Best Dressed Hall of Fame – Countesss Jacqueline de Ribes
  31. ^ Vanity Fair
  32. ^ The Fashion Book. 2001. p. 391. ISBN 0 7148 4118 8. 
  33. ^ People, 16 December 1985.
  34. ^ Jean de Beaumont
  35. ^ https://books.google.fr/books?id=inCvU-XVxjsC&pg=PA258&lpg=PA258&dq=%C2%AB+Au+hasard+de+la+chance+%C2%BB+1987,+%C3%A9ditions+Julliard.&source=bl&ots=h-81VNW_Jk&sig=dwzRC3mACfuIbjTqb2ztJVMzWm0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_c3cVN6eJoHjUPmkgogN&ved=0CEYQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=%C2%AB%20Au%20hasard%20de%20la%20chance%20%C2%BB%201987%2C%20%C3%A9ditions%20Julliard.&f=false
  36. ^ http://bernaerts.dyndns.org/genealogy-individual-3569.html
  • Foulkes, Nicholas (2012). Bals – Legendary Costume Balls of the Twentieth Century. ISBN 978-1-614-28000-2. 

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