Pierre Bergian

Drawing Room of Evangeline and David Bruce, Albany, Piccadilly, London


When she wasn’t in Washington, society hostess par excellence Evangeline Bruce lived for several months a year at one of London’s most desirable, or perhaps most talked-about, apartment complexes, Albany (originally marketed to “gentlemen unwilling to be encumbered with large town establishments”). The “chicest woman in America” acquired the adjoining A3 and A6 “sets” in 1969 with diplomat husband David, and commissioned John Fowler, one half of the foremost firm in English design, Colefax & Fowler, to decorate in 1970. The drawing room was glazed in lemon-yellow walls and ruffled silk taffeta draperies, whose edges Fowler famously had cut with scalloped pinking shears.

Height: 27 x Width: 31 cm