Maxime de la falaise dies

Maxine’s father, Sir Oswald Birley, was an eminent portrait painter whose subjects included Sir Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family. Her mother, Rhoda, an Irish beauty, was considered an eccentric even by the elastic standards of the British Isles. Lady Birley often made lobster thermidor, for instance, and then fed it to her roses.

Photo Maxime de la Falaise in 1977. Credit Larry Morris/The New York Times

“She would make fish stew and sometimes would forget that she was making it for the garden,” Ms. de la Falaise told The Independent in 2004. “So she would add a bit of cognac, some garlic and spices. The roses would almost cry out with pleasure.”

Ms. de la Falaise’s first marriage, in the 1940s, was to Alain de la Falaise, a French count. During those years, she worked as a model for Ms. Schiaparelli and afterward created clothing for the French ready-to-wear designer Gérard Pipart.

Later settling in New York, Ms. de la Falaise was a food editor at Vogue magazine. A friend of Mr. Warhol’s, she appeared in “Andy Warhol’s Dracula” (1974), an underground film he helped produce, and often cooked lavish meals for him falaise and his retinue. (Ms. de la Falaise helped design the menu for the Andy-Mat, Mr. Warhol’s unrealized plan for an avant-garde automat.)

Over the years, Ms. de la Falaise designed couture, sportswear, ready-to-wear and boutique clothes for various houses; she also designed furniture and rugs. She was later a consultant to Mr. Saint Laurent’s licensees in the United States.

Ms. de la Falaise’s marriage to Count de la Falaise ended in divorce. She later married John McKendry, the curator of prints and photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and was known in private life as Maxime de la Falaise McKendry. Mr. McKendry died in 1975.

Ms. de la Falaise had two children with her first husband: her daughter, Louise, known as Loulou, who was for decades a well-known fashion model and associate of Mr. Saint Laurent; and a son, Alexis, a furniture designer, who died several years ago. Besides her daughter, Ms. de la Falaise is survived by several grandchildren, among them Lucie de la Falaise, a prominent fashion model in the 1990s; and great-grandchildren.

Her writings on food include the book “Seven Centuries of English Cooking” (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1973, edited by Arabella Boxer), reissued by Grove maxime de la falaise dies Press in 1992. Here in full is a medieval recipe that appears in Ms. de la Falaise’s book:

“Take a crane, and unfolde his legges, and cut off his wynges and his legges, and sauce him with poudres of gynger, mustard, vynegre and salte.”

Correction: May 5, 2009

An obituary on Saturday about Maxime de la Falaise, a model, designer and muse of designers, referred incorrectly at one point to her mother, Rhoda Birley. As the wife of a knight, she was Lady Birley, not Lady Rhoda.


Источник: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/02/nyregion/02falaise.html



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