The Dutchess

With her aristocratic background and patrician good looks Stella Tennant is as quintessentially British as it gets. In this month’s Harper’s Bazaar the enigmatic icon pays tribute to another fashion forward Brit – her fabled ancestor Georgina, the Dutchess of Devonshire. With Tennant posing in the most ornate couture, fellow blue-blood Lady Amanda Harlech styling and Karl Lagerfeld capturing it all on film it’s truly a royal affair.

Stella Tennant by Karl Lagerfeld for Harper’s Bazaar October 2008

  1. This is delicious! The lighting, styling, ad of course the gowns are to die for. Is this the first time that Lady Amanda and Karl worked together on an American editorial?

  2. “Stella Tennant is as quintessentially English as it gets”

    Stella Tennant is SCOTTISH … research research research! Her Mothers family may be English but Stella was born into a Scottish family in Scotland, went to school in Scotland & lives in Scotland with her Husband & kids.

    So, perhaps “Stella Tennant is as quintessentially British as it gets”

  3. While some may believe the contrary, research did in fact go into this and given that Stella’s birthplace is listed in some locations as being Chatsworth, England and in other places being Border, Scotland one can see how there is confusion over whether to refer to her as being English or not.

    However, given that British is an effective catchall I’ll change it.


  4. Chatsworth House is the ancestral home of the Duke of Devonshire – Her Maternal Grandfather.

    Her Father is the Honorable Tobias Tennant the younger brother of the 3rd Lord Glenconner [Colin Tennant] – The Tennants being a Scottish aristocratic family, their ancestral home being the Glen estate in the Borders … As far as I’m aware she was born in Scotland & would class herself as Scottish rather than English .. Of course both countries are in Britain so “British” is always going to be correct …

    Sorry, “research research research” was tongue in cheek – I wasn’t being serious!

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