Hilary Knight collection. First Edition. Oversized folio and profuse illustrations in black and white and color. Of particular interest in this issue is a series of Cecil Beaton photographs of future Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson, a Lyse Darcy-illustrated advertisement for Guerlain lipstick, a Bergdorf-Goodman advertisement with photography by Horst, and an article on Pablo Picasso with reproduction.
Sometime in the early ’50s, Hilary Knight’s drawings of naughty little girls for Mademoiselle magazine led to a meeting with author Kay Thompson (then a top nightclub performer)--and, of course, to the perpetually adored Eloise, the precocious Plaza dweller who in many ways is Knight’s alter ego. “Eloise will be celebrating her 60th birthday in 2015--not bad for a six-year-old,” says Knight. We’re honored to offer these personal pieces from Knight, who remains as stylish, outspoken, and original as the legendary little girl he brought to life.