Friday, March 30, 2012


Sunny Girl...
Princess Ira von Furstenberg
and the 
Sun-Brown Wraps
Vogue November 15 1969
Photography: Alexis Waldeck

Ira von Furstenberg

Born: Virginia Carolina Theresa Pancrazia Galdina Prinzessin zu Fürstenberg to Prince Tassilo zu Furstenberg and his first wife, Fiat Heiress Clara Agnelli. Gianni Agnelli was an uncle and her younger brother, the late Egon von Furstenberg, married Diane Halfin, founder of Diane von Furstenberg.

Her great-grand mother was the heiress Jane Campbell who became Princess di San Faustino and created a stir in Rome society by making headlines when accused of beating her maid in 1902 while residing in the Barbarini Palace. Little else can be found on her great-grandmother who lived at a time when a woman appeared in the press on only two occasions, birth and death.  By contrast, Ira von Furstenberg lived her life on the society pages throughout many decades.

Ira was fifteen years old when she married thirty-one-year-old Prince Alfonso von und zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg in 1955. They had two sons and divorced in 1960.

Eldest son, Christoff Hohenlohe died mysteriously in a Bangkok prison after being charged for altering his expired passport. He had changed the date of expiry in order to leave the country without having to go through bureaucratic delays. His death from massive organ failure has never been fully explained.

Son Hubertus is a Mexican Olympic Alpine Team skier, and founder of the Mexican Ski Federation. He is also an artist, musician and photographer.

Ira von Furstenberg appeared in films throughout the sixties and seventies and was a staple of the press pages devoted to the international jet set. She was also featured in numerous fashion magazines and considered one of the world’s great beauties - seen on the arm of the world’s most enigmatic gentlemen, including Prince Rainier after the death of Princess Grace.

Today she works as an artist creating unique sculptures and jewelry honed from found objects discovered on her many travels.

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