The brief, brilliant life of Millicent Rogers

By Laurie Bennett

March 19, 2010 at 7:38am

In an intriguing new column called “Fabulous Dead People,” The New York Times features the late but ever stylish Millicent Rogers.

Fabulous dead people, particularly those with multiple spouses and uncountable paramours, generally make for fabulous Muckety maps.

Rogers was a Standard Oil heiress who married three times and dallied with the likes of Clark Gable, Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming.

As Christopher Petkanas writes in the Times, Rogers “gave high fashion a good name.”

She was especially close to designer Charles James. Gowns, blouses and dresses he designed for her will be displayed this spring and summer at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

After three divorces, the intellectually and artistically ravenous Rogers moved to New Mexico, where her tastes moved from haute couture to Native American art, jewelry and textiles.

Following her death, at just 51 in 1953, her collection sparked the establishment of the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos.

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  • #1.   Sally Williams 03.19.2010

    Contrary to the information above, the Millicent Rogers dresses are not currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum. They will be on view from May 7 through August 1, 2010 as a part of a major costume exhibtion “American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection” that will include works by a wide range of designers among them Charles James, Elsa Schiaparelli, Norman Norell, Arnold Scaasi, Mainbocher, and many more.

  • #2.   Laurie Bennett 03.19.2010

    Our apologies. We’ve made the correction.

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