Welcome to the Barbizon, New York's premier Women-Only hotel.
Built in 1927, New York's Barbizon Hotel was first intended as a home for the 'Modern Woman' seeking a career in the arts. Over the years its 688 tiny floral 'highly feminine boudoirs' housed Sylvia Plath, who fictionalised her time there in The Bell Jar, Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly (notorious for sneaking in men), Joan Didon, Candice bergen, Charlie's Angel Jaclyn Smith, Cybil Shepard, Elaine Stritch, Liza Minnelli, Mona Simpson and a whole host of other writers and actors on the cusp of their careers.
Mademoiselle boarded its summer interns there- perfectly turned-out young women, who would never be spotted hatless- as did Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School its students- in their white-glovesand kitten heels- and the Ford Modelling Agency its young models.
Not everyone who passedthrough the barbizon's doors was destined for greatness- for some it was a story of dashed hopes and expectations- but from the Jazz Age New Women of the 1920s, to the Liberated Women of the 1960s, until 1981 when the first men checked in, The barbizon remained a place where women could stand up and be counted.