1982 – Palm Beach, FL
Harriet de Rosiere was born in Columbus, Ohio and was educated at Columbus School for Girls and Vassar College. She studied interior design in New York and painting in Europe. Viscountess de Rosiere, who lived in Paris for many years, is recognized as an international hostess and fashion leader. While a resident of Texas she received the Houston Gourmet Gala first prize and was chosen as one of Houston’s Ten Best Dressed Women. She often serves on committees promoting charitable events at home and abroad and has been featured in Town and Country, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Diplomat, Style, W and Ultra magazines. She was a contributing editor for Town and Country and writes for Point de Vue, the French magazine. In 1980 she founded a successful caviar importing business and in 1985 founded and continues to chair the Northwood International Costume Collection, a living museum of historic haute couture apparel. She has lived in Palm Beach since 1988 where she paints animals and portraits of pets. Of Northwood, she says, “I think that it is very necessary to promote individualism, a belief in free enterprise and trying to succeed on one’s own. Our world needs an ‘uplift’ rather than the downgrading that has been happening. I like the opportunity for international studies and the excellent exposure to the arts that Northwood offers its students and also am happy that traditional American values are maintained.” She and her late husband, Paul, who was also active with Northwood, have one son, Roland, who has worked with the Organization of American States.