María Felíz, La inolvidable
A stunning beauty and unique personality, María Felix gave glory to Mexican and international cinema, but was also an icon of fashion and muse of artists and designers. Her style left a mark on the glamour of yesteryear and today; it set out the 1940s and 50s on the catwalks; La Doña returns to become the inspiration of the most prestigious collections and of course, the red carpet, where the new Hollywood divas aspire to be as memorable as she was.
From Shop Windows To Fame
Her passion for fashion and her interest in peculiar articles, not only carried María Felix to amass enviable collections of jewels, lace, porcelain, furniture, and shawls among others; but were also the reasons why she was discovered. It is said that while looking at shop windows in Mexico City, director Fernando Palacios prompted the lady to audition for a film; she did not take him seriously, until sometime later when she decided to accept the challenge to become a legend.
At the start of the 1940s, María Felix was already a star in the world of cinema and fashion. Famed for her highlighted curves and tiny waist, the trends of the time favored her even more and, although she adopted emblematic designs from the late 40s and early 50s girded at the waist and with extra-wide skirts, La Doña was able to impose her own style thanks to her adored colossal pieces of jewelry and wide-brimmed hats.
Known for her wardrobe demands, María Felix established accounts with her clothes designers; she tried creations as many times as necessary so a fabulous garment could be produced. Her stunning beauty and demeanor captured the attention of the most prestigious fashion houses from Christian Dior -for whom she modeled collections- to Valentino, Chanel, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, who sought to dress her, and of course Hermes and Cartier, her favorite accessories firms.
The prestigious French jewelry brand found in María Felix something more than an excellent client. Designs requested by La Doña added to the fame of the firm, which years later would launch a collection inspired by one of its muses. In addition, some of the most emblematic pieces belonging to Maria featuring her beloved crocodiles and snakes are now part of the Cartier collection of art, which has been shown in many museums around the world.
Maria Felix sold most of her jewelry back to Cartier. She left a 1957 Rolls Royce back in Paris.