If there were a woman who was truly worth the title “heiress”, Doris Duke would have all the competition beat. In fact, she defined it. To go along with the headlines and the coterie of men, she had an enviable collection of jewels which included quite a few important Seaman Schepps designs that were exhibited as part of the Schepps retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York in 2004. Her true legacy was in the $1.3 billion fortune that was largely left upon her death to charitable foundations dedicated to medical research, prevention of cruelty to children and animals, the performing arts, wildlife and ecology.
While flipping through the September 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, I was particularly pleased to see that Doris Duke is in the spotlight once again. How fitting that the Museum of Arts & Design in New York is mounting an exhibition celebrating her dedication to Islamic art and architecture through a showcase of the haven she had built for herself in the 1930s in Honolulu, Hawaii–Shangri La. The exhibition runs from September 7, 2012 – February 17, 2013. I can’t wait to see it and find out more about this fascinating heiress of all heiresses!