[Kelly Wearstler's take on the animal print.]
Well-read decorator Charlotte Moss has always said that true style comes from having an active mind. (Back in May I mentioned her extraordinary library of books related to cultural history.) And we know fashion informs her work: Moss told House & Garden that icons including Grace Kelly, Babe Paley and Josephine Baker "inspire me so much, in a way I can't explain."
But, in one instance, it was a legendary female giraffe that sparked the designer's imagination.
For Brunschwig & Fils, Moss created the toile, "Zarafa," based on the life of a phenomenal giraffe. As a baby on the African savannah, Zarafa was captured and later presented as a gift from Mohammed Ali, the Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt (1804-48), to France’s King Charles X. In the 1820s, Zarafa traveled down the Nile to Alexandria, then on to Marseille, and was eventually walked 550 miles north to Paris. She lived for two decades as a Parisian celebrity.
[The Moss toile for Brunschwig & Fils.]
See also Girl Meets Glamour's great related post.