See Babe Paley, the Ultimate New York Socialite, in Full Glam Mode

Of socialite/style icon Babe Paley, Oscar de la Renta once raved: “Whatever she wore, she wore in a way you would never forget.” Barbara “Babe” Cushing Mortimer Paley was destined for the fashionable life. Born to a world-renowned surgeon with sisters who married into the Astor and Roosevelt families (they were known as the “fabulous Cushing sisters”), Paley reigned supreme in New York society. After a stint as an editor at Vogue, she left to marry her second husband, CBS founder William S. Paley. Yet she never strayed far from haute couture fashion and fine jewelry, modeling occasionally and remaining on best-dressed lists throughout her life. In this 1946 photograph for Vogue, there is a haunting sadness in Paley’s eyes—though she is arrestingly beautiful in a rayon jersey Traina-Norell dress, strands upon strands of pearls, and a cocktail ring. Like this photo, Paley

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