Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto (future Mrs.Gianni Agnelli) holding artwork while wearing a creation of Federico Forquet. Photographed by Arturo Ghergo for Vogue in 1945.
Marella Agnelli, born Princess Donna Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto (born 1927) is an Italian art collector, socialite, style icon and widow of former Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli. Agnelli has often appeared in Vogue. She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1963.
“'I wasn't interested in getting married,” she recalled. ”I was involved in the theater.” [Louis] Schweitzer pursued her. During a business trip to France he telephoned and told her he was sending a ticket and that they would get married in Paris. Friends persuaded her to accept — ”You can always get a divorce,” they said…”
-Excerpt from an obituary for Lucille Lortel, published in The New York Times, April 1999.