Rest in Style: Marilyn Riseman

March 6, 2014 in Fashion, Girl Crush, Personalities, Style by alliemcc

My friend, makeup artist Liz Washer, tipped me off today to the passing of Boston grande dame Marilyn Riseman.

I don't get to Boston very much (I'm more of an NYC girl) but Ms. Riseman kind of makes me think I should. 


marilyn riseman portrait scott m lacey

Portrait by Scott M. Lacey.

She had been well-known since the '60s for her iconoclastic personal style, and age-defying lifestyle. She was recognizable for her black-and-white wardrobe and her brash, bright personality till the end. In that sense, she's cut from the same cloth as Iris Apfel, the late Zelda Kaplan, and the legendary Diana Vreeland. Riseman even took inspiration from kabuki theater makeup, as did Vreeland– great minds think alike!

Riseman was a great fan of the fashion brand Ohne Titel, and, presaging the current mode for "elderly and beautiful" models, appeared in their ad campaigns for the 2011 season.


marilyn riseman gravure mag ohne titel

Riseman showing her Ohne Titel ad in Gravure magazine. Instagram @Gravure_projects via In.troducing.


Here's the obit.

And other recent media features abound: here, and here. And a young fan even has a Pinterest board dedicated to her.


What's your signature style statement?

What's your plan for badassery at age 85?