Jacqueline de Ribes

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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 to Jean de Beaumont, comte Bonnin de la Bonninière de Beaumont (1904–2002) and Paule de Rivaud de La Raffinière (1908–1999). In 1948, January the 30th, Jacqueline 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] They had two children, Elizabeth and Jean.

Life in fashion and society[edit]

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] Following health problems in 1995, de Ribes was forced to dissolve her company.[when?][citation needed]

On 14 July 2010, the French President, decorated her as a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur[11] at the Elysée Palace.

From 19 November 2015 to 21 February 2016, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City will feature "The Art of Style", an exhibition featuring items from de Ribes's wardrobe. The thematic show will feature about sixty ensembles of haute couture and ready-to-wear primarily from her personal archive, dating from 1959 to the present. Also included will be her creations for fancy-dress balls, as well as numerous photographs and ephemera, recounting the story of how her interest in fashion developed over decades, from childhood "dress-up" to the epitome of international style.

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[12] and Pascale de Boysson[13] and a Raimundo de Larrain[14] scenery.[15] 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[16] 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.[17] 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[18] during the Monet exhibition in Tokyo[19] in 1996. She supports several museums and foundationsin France. She accepted, at the 2007 Biennale, the chairmanship of Venetian Heritage.

Humanitarian and charitable activities[edit]

Jacqueline de Ribes has supported humanitarian causes throughout the world.[20][21] De Ribes won the prestigious Women of Achievement Award[when?] in 1980, alongside Bette Davis, Iris Love, Ann Getty, Dame Sheila Sherlock and 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[27] of Count Jean de Beaumont[28] (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, and his wife, the Countess (née Paule Rivaud de La Raffinière; 1908-1999), a woman of letters.

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. 9. 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. ^ Hebe Dorsey obituary, nytimes.com, 29 December 1987.
  10. ^ Women's Wear Daily
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Laurent Terzieff
  13. ^ fr:Pascale de Boysson
  14. ^ fr:Famille Larraín
  15. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/books/99/09/12/specials/lorca.html
  16. ^ http://patrimoine.editionsjalou.com/lofficiel-de-la-mode-numero_693-page_162-detailp-13-687-162.html
  17. ^ Profile, nytimes.com, 13 April 2010.
  18. ^ http://www.amis-musee-orsay.org/devenez-membre/
  19. ^ http://collection.nmwa.go.jp/en/P.1959-0148.html
  20. ^ Ecology Action, corporatedir.com; accessed 30 August 2015.
  21. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1961&dat=19840124&id=R7kzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zukFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4978,1422605
  22. ^ "Hall of Fame – Countess Jacqueline de Ribes". Vanity Fair (625): 189. September 2012. 
  23. ^ Portraits Best Dressed Hall of Fame – Countesss Jacqueline de Ribes, vanityfair.com; accessed 30 August 2015.
  24. ^ Profile, VanityFair.com; accessed 30 August 2015.
  25. ^ The Fashion Book. 2001. p. 391. ISBN 0 7148 4118 8. 
  26. ^ Profile, People.com, 16 December 1985
  27. ^ Jean de Beaumont
  28. ^ Jean de Beaumont profile, books.google.fr; accessed 30 August 2015.
  • Foulkes, Nicholas (2012). Bals – Legendary Costume Balls of the Twentieth Century. ISBN 978-1-614-28000-2. 

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