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Monday, December 22, 2014

MARELLA AGNELLI - THE LAST SWAN: Marella Caracciolo Chia Book Signing


reporter/photographer: Miguel Dominguez


On December 8th, Jamie Creel and Christopher Gow of Creel and Gow hosted a book signing reception in honor of Marella Caracciolo Chia for the publication of Marella Agnelli The Last Swan, published by Rizzoli International Publications and co-authored with Marella Agnelli.

Marella Caracciolo Chia, Agnelli's niece and
namesake, is co-author of the book with her aunt

Marella Agnelli by Horst P. Horst

Nicknamed "The Swan" by Richard Avedon when he photographed her iconic portrait in 1953, Marella Agnelli is not only one of the great beauties of the last century, but also the most elegant and cultured of that exclusive club. Born the Neapolitan princess Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto, she became Marella Agnelli with her marriage to Gianni Agnelli, the Fiat industrialist. However, her innate style dates back to her New York internship with photographer Erwin Blumenfeld, and she was a Vogue contributor in the 1950s and ’60s as well as appearing in its pages. One of the most photographed women of the jet-set society, she was captured by Avedon as well as Irving Penn, Henry Clarke, Horst, and Robert Doisneau, among others. Agnelli collaborated with the best artists and designers of her day, with her many residences as their palette. From Italian interior design legend Renzo Mongiardino—who worked on her New York apartment alongside a young Peter Marino—to Gae Aulenti, the important Italian architect, who built her homes in Turin and Marrakech, Agnelli created a series of extraordinary houses and gardens, full of timeless elegance, invaluable art, and groundbreaking decorating ideas. With ten residences spread throughout Turin, Rome, Milan, New York, St. Moritz, and Marrakech, ranging from regally classic villas to ultramodern apartments, her impeccable taste shines through in these gorgeous interiors and gardens. One of the famous modern fairy tales of love, glamour, and heartbreak, Marella Agnelli has become an icon of our times.


Marella Caracciolo Chia was born in Montreal in 1964, and studied English and American literature in the universities of Oxford and London. She is a respected design journalist who writes for Architectural Digest, for whom she is a contributing European editor, the New York Times’ T Magazine, and World of Interiors, among other prestigious publications. She has authored several books, including The Garden of Ninfa (Allemandi), For the Love of Italy (Clarkson Potter) and The Light In Between (Pushkin Press.) She divides her time between Rome and Castello Romitorio, in Tuscany where her husband, artist Sandro Chia, produces a prized Brunello wine.


Creel and Gow has an extensive range of fascinating and exquisite objects sourced from all around the world by Paris based Jamie Creel and former Sotheby’s expert Christopher Gow, both avid collectors. Rare minerals, taxidermy, coral, silver shells, unusual decorative objects and exotic accessories fill this veritable cabinet of curiosities.

The boutique is located in the former stables of a historic, Grovenor Atterbury’s townhouse, in Manhattan’s upper east side in New York.



 Jamie Creel of Creel and Gow with Marella




Art Gallery owner Earl McGrath and Marella














Marella with Jean Shafiroff






Publicist of the terrific event Polly Onet holding a goblet






























Marco Scarani with Marella and Jacqueline Terrebonne


Polly with Pamela Morgan and Mary Phillips






Timothy Van Dam and Ron Wagner enjoying a glass of bubbly








Amy Fine Collins with Polly








Alison Spear, Polly, Trish Carroll and Karen Klopp




Nicole DiCocco, Jane Pontarelli and Andrea Warshaw-Wernick




Lucia Hwong Gordon with Marella




Lauren Roberts of Lucille Roberts Fitness with British actress Michele Herbert






Marella hands over a signed book to Sonia Nassery Cole
as Barbara Regna looks on


Jamie with Sonia and Marco


"Every home needs a bat" was my remark when a guest pointed the framed art to me. She wholeheartedly agreed!



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