Remembering Gloria Vanderbilt's Legendary Style

Gloria Vanderbilt, who died earlier this week at the age of 95, was the quintessential renaissance woman: an artist, actress, author, designer, mother (to four sons, including CNN’s Anderson Cooper) model, philanthropist, fashion mogul. Refusing to be defined by her family’s wealth and her notoriously fragmented childhood — the press dubbed her “poor little rich girl” during a very public custody battle in 1934 — she spent decades constantly shapeshifting and exploring new outlets for creativity and self-expression. Her socialite lifestyle was so lavish that it reportedly influenced her friend, author Truman Capote, to create the character of Holly Golightly in his novel Breakfast at Tiffany’s (famously played by Audrey Hepburn in the film adaptation).Always admired for her finely tuned sartorial eye, she received the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award for her fashion and textile designs in 1969. Soon after, she turned the industry upside down with a collection of ready-to-wear