Fulco di Verdura
Fulco di Verdura or Fulco Santo Stefano della Cerda, Duke of Verdura, and Marquis of Murata la Cerda, was an influential Italian
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 jeweller. His career began with an introduction to designer Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
Coco Chanel
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 by composer Cole Porter
Cole Porter
Cole Albert Porter was an American composer and songwriter. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn towards musical theatre...


He was the last to bear the now-defunct Sicilian
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 title of Duke of Verdura and his cousin were the prominent Sicilian Prince, the writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa , was a Sicilian writer. He is most famous for his only novel, Il Gattopardo which is set in Sicily during the Risorgimento...

, author of the famous novel The Leopard
The Leopard
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. A biography of di Verdura was published by Thames and Hudson, authored by Patricia Corbett.
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