HOUSE PROUD: Gloria von Thurn und Taxis held court at the back of Paris bookstore Galignani on Monday night to sign her new tome entitled “House of Thurn Und Taxis.”
Chockablock with 200 color photographs by Todd Eberle, the Rizzoli tome includes contributions by André Leon Talley, Elizabeth von Thurn und Taxis, Martin Mosebach and Jeff Koons. It’s meant to be a conversation between von Thurn und Taxis and Sir John Richardson about her 200-year-old private residence, called the Regensberg Palace of St. Emmerman, boasting more than 500 rooms bursting with art.
Von Thurn und Taxis said the seed of the book idea was planted when she saw Candida Hofer’s work.
“I knew that I needed to do something on the castle, too,” she said, adding that at a Biennale in Venice, she bumped into Eberle at a party hosted by Larry Gagosian.
“I said to Todd: ‘You know, I’m really looking for a great interior photographer. Do you know somebody?’” von Thurn und Taxis said.
“Well, I’m standing in front of you. I’m the one!” was his retort.
Fast-forward just one week and Eberle had already taken his first 500 photos for the project.
“He is called ‘the picture machine,’” von Thurn und Taxis joked. “Todd Eberle takes pictures from the moment he wakes up in the morning until he goes to bed.”
In all, the photographer lensed about 6,000 shots, she estimated.
“Oh cherie!” von Thurn und Taxis cried – repeatedly – as friend after friend poured into the bookstore. The decibel level kept soaring and the kisses flying.
Bianca Jagger, fresh from the Dior show earlier in the day, settled down next to her friend. She was in town in the role as president and chief executive officer of her eponymous Human Rights Foundation.
“I’m here to prepare for our next big Art for Human Rights event,” said Jagger, referring to the project done with Thaddaeus Ropac, involving artists. The next edition will probably take place next year, and its theme has yet to be set.
“I’m looking, meeting with artists,” she said.
Pierre Cardin made an appearance at Galignani accompanied by Dana Delany of “Desparate Housewives,” who had just chosen two gowns – including one with a big poppy motif – and a day dress by the designer.
“I wanted everything,” she said.
Von Thurn und Taxis is evidently a Cardin fan, too, as she was sporting one of his bubble caps. The former “punk princess” wouldn’t be attending any fashion shows this week, however.
“No, this is over for me,” she said, before whisking off to dinner.
Other guests at the bookstore included writer Christine Orban and Coty’s Jean Mortier