If there was any doubt that cat ladies are some of our most Pinterest-worthy and stylish icons, Taylor Swift's many head-turning street outings with her kitty Olivia Benson have dispensed that notion. Thanks to art historian Diane Lovejoy's new collection Cat Lady Chic, available now ($15; amazon.com), cat lovers can rejoice in even more style inspiration from muses going back all the way back to Old Hollywood.
From Kim Novak to Keira Knightley, Lovejoy's book is a trove of beautiful photos and artwork of history's most well-known women, both on-screen and off, with their adorable feline companions. The photo of Grace Kelly (at top) was taken on the set of 1955's To Catch a Thief, one of Kelly's most famous films.
Following her popular Cat Lady Chronicles memoir, Lovejoy tells InStyle that she was curious about the stereotypes surrounding female owners of cats, and used her research savvy to see what images popped up with a web search. To her delight, Lovejoy says, "The first image that I found was the one of Elizabeth Taylor. When I saw that image I just thought, ‘How could anyone dispute that the cat lady is exquisite and chic?’"
Pas du tout!
1. BRIGITTE BARDOT, 1956
"I am really a cat transformed into a woman. ... I purr. I scratch. And sometimes I bite."
2. GRETA GARBO, 1951
Greta Garbo with Cecil Beaton's cat at his home, Reddish House, in Broad Chalke, England.
3. SOPHIA LOREN, 1963
Sophia Loren and cat, from the film Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
4. TWIGGY, 1968
"Twiggy Geisha," from Mlle Âge Tendre magazine.
5. AUDREY HEPBURN, 1961
Audrey Hepburn and "Cat," from the film Breakfast at Tiffany's.
6. DOLLY PARTON, 1970s
Dolly Parton and cat, from a photo shoot for Dolly and Friends.
7. WILHELMINA COOPER, 1962
Wilhelmina Cooper, founder of the Wilhelmina Models agency.
8. ALI MACGRAW, 1970
Ali MacGraw and cat, from the film Love Story.
9. JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY, 1960
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy with Caroline Kennedy in the summer of 1960.