Revival of the Blue Stockings Society

When is the last time you remember a woman gracing the cover of Time Magazine for little else than her ability to throw a really great party?

Perle Mesta, from the cover of the March 14, 1949 issue of Time, is credited with being “the capital’s No. 1 hostess, a position she had inherited, almost by default, from a long line of free-spending, haughty, and sometimes charming dowagers.”

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