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During the first half of the twentieth century, the ‘Marchesa Luisa Casati’ (1881-1957) was a European celebrity. Her extravagant lifestyle, eccentric personality, and scandalous escapades captivated and inspired artists of her time. She was painted by Boldini and Augustus John, sketched by Drian and Alastair, and photographed by Man Ray and Cecil Beaton, among others. Jean Cocteau praised her strange beauty; Jack Kerouac dedicated poems to her; Fortuny, Poiret, and Erte dressed her. She inspires designers today, including John Galliano and Karl Lagerfeld. ‘The Marchesa Casati’ is a visual biography, telling Casati’s life story alongside the art and designs she has inspired, featuring 200 images covering her lifetime and beyond. Personal family momentos, paintings, sculptures, and photographs,illustrate the artistic and cultural legacy she left behind.