07/23/2012 08:32 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Nan Kempner Owned 106 Bikinis, But Chose A One-Piece (PHOTO)

Considered the only chic woman in America by former Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, New York City socialite Nan Kempner had unparalleled personal style. In this 1989 flashback photo, the owner of 106 bikinis made a surprising choice, opting for a one-piece swimsuit to magazine publisher Malcolm Forbes' 70th birthday party in Morocco.

It would have been nearly impossible to outshine the co-host, Elizabeth Taylor, but Kempner looked radiant nonetheless. We love how the clotheshorse accessorized her strapless sweetheart look -- would you give this classic bathing suit a try?

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Nan Kempner raised $75 million towards a cancer center. Find out how here.


Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage


Art by Raydene Salinas

La Blanca Swimsuit, American Apparel Hat, Topshop Sunglasses, La Perla Coverup

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