That period in history was all about excess, opulence and decadence, and though in the past, the echoes of that sort of behavior can still be felt.
A piece in the NY Mag about famed photographer Annie Leibovitz current financial state left me somewhat shocked. Though one of the most sought after photographers (not a personal fave, but I still find a lot of her work interesting) she’s on the brink of financial ruin, one step away of losing all the rights to her entire life’s work after having pawning it all to secure backing to pay her numerous debts. It’s a lengthy piece but still worth a read if you have the time and it’s really interesting (albeit in a sad way) to realize that no matter how much you have, you can still loose it all if you take it granted.
Not only were her some of her iconic shoots intricate and sumptuous, but she seems to have let that streak of grandeur slip into her personal life which unfortunately led to her current situation.
From 2006’s Vogue US “Teen Queen” on Sofia Coppola’s then released “Marie Antoinette” about the ultimate big spender.