Edith Wharton, at the height of fashion

In this 150th anniversary year of Edith Wharton’s birth, even VOGUE recognizes her enduring power.

It is with great joy and deep pride we present “Custom of the Country,” an 18-page spread with photos by Annie Leibovitz, styled by legendary VOGUE Creative Director Grace Coddington, in the September 2012 issue of VOGUE. The feature includes an essay by Colm Toibin about Edith Wharton and her complicated love triangle with Morton Fullerton and Henry James.

Photo by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue

Ten leading actors and writers—including Mamie Gummer, Jack Huston, Jeffrey Eugenides, Juno Temple, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Junot Díaz—who participated in the shoot share their stories in a “Behind the Scenes” piece. Supermodel Natalia Vodianova was cast as Edith Wharton.

And in a piece entitled also “The Custom of the Country,” Hamish Bowles writes about The Mount, deeming it a “uniquely seductive manse that Wharton herself considered a masterwork.”

We are thrilled that the striking beauty and cultural significance of The Mount, Chesterwood, and the very special Berkshire region have been shared on such a prominent international stage.

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