+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

elements of style #99 /SLIM KEITH: SLIM



…archival imagery in “Elements of Style,” then reading an interview with a stylish contemporary excites and cements the sartorial linkage and sympathy between the ongoing narratives. Both departments serve to inform, paying homage to stylish predecessors and pointing to historical sources of design: they inspire dialogue between now and then and acknowledge influence.




about SLIM:

Slim Keith, (July 1917 -1990) alongside Babe Paley, was the epitome of and embodiment of then New York’s glamor, chic and east coast mystique that was opposite of Hollywood’s shriller version. And yes, she was originally a West Coast girl; born Mary Raye Gross in Salinas, California


Among her notable public highlights:
she made the cover of Harper’s Bazaar at age 22
she made the Best Dressed list frequently
and as Mrs. Leland Hayward, won the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award


A fashion icon and socialite she constituted one of Truman Capotes swans or heralded beauties of yore. Some of her winning attributes include a marvelous self-assuredness, liveliness and wit—her tall, reed thin frame and her gamine charms made her an exceptional beauty.


Her 1991 memoir, “Slim: Memories of a Rich and Imperfect Life, was a New York Times Best Seller.


ELEMENTS_OF_-STYLE_100Photographer unknown, date unknown



ELEMENTS_OF_-STYLE_101Photographer unknown, date unknown



ELEMENTS_OF_-STYLE_102Slim with Diana Vreedland and her husband Reed. Photographer unknown, date unknown


ELEMENTS_OF_-STYLE_103photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, February 1949



photographed by Man, date unknown



Book cover, Her 1991 memoir, “Slim: Memories of a Rich and Imperfect Life, was a New York Times Best Seller.


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