Marchesa Luisa Casati Just when you think you are short of of inspiration, you come across the face of the legendary Luisa Casati, aka the infamous Marchesa. Italian heiress known for her extravagant parties and eccentric style. Muse to many artists, filmmakers, authors and poets. A true reflection of the art deco, flapper era to the extreme. Being one of the richest women in Italy of her time, Luisa managed to owe 25 million US $ to creditors by 1930, at the age of 49.