Fleur Cowles was a writer, editor, painter and society hostess who was best known for creating the iconic style magazine Flair, in 1950. A trail blazing publication which featured revolutionary ideas perfume and debuted writers such as Lucian Freud, Tennessee Williams and WH Auden. Sadly the magazine folded after only one year as it was so expensive to make. Copies are now highly collectible and sell on eBay for significant amounts of money.
Cowles was born in New Jersey and rose from humble beginnings to become an unofficial ambassador, philanthropist and socialite. She had a rare talent for making friends, who included royalty, popes, presidents and heads of state and show business stars.
Her motto was 'No matter what you've got, it takes more than that.' She died this year aged 101.
The Best of Flair, by Dominic Dunne and Fleur Cowles.