Meet Talitha Getty, Heiress of Bohemian Marrakech Style

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Meet Talitha Getty, Heiress of Bohemian Marrakech Style

I am fascinated with the history of Morocco in the prodigious 60 and 70s. I was first introduced to this era by my parents who witnessed its vitality and audacity as young adults. Morocco in those wild decades was the stopover for many artists and intellectuals. Talitha Getty was one of them.

Born in Java, Indonesia in the early 1940s, Talitha Pol grew up in a family of creatives. The world remembers her as the pioneer of the gypsy, bohemian-chic style. Her Indonesian cradle was probably behind her fascination for embroideries, colors, and oriental scents, which she brought as a style icon to the Swinging London socialite scene.

Married in 1966 to American oil tycoon John Paul Getty Jr., Talitha and her spouse settled in Marrakech and made Le Palais Da Zahir their home and the main stop for jet setters visiting Marrakech. Yves St. Laurent, who also resided in Marrakech, was a good friend. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones spent a Christmas together in their hedonic palace. There were many parties as Talitha knew how to throw a bash.

Immortalized at her Marrakech palace by photographer Patrick Lichfield for an editorial in Vogue 1970 – before her tragic death in 1971 – the photographs are still iconic. Mixing luxury and nonchalance, long caftans, turbans, and pearl necklaces, they embody the quintessence of the bohemian chic style she invented.

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Talitha Getty, Palais Da Zahir, 1970 | Patrick Lichfield for Vogue, Conde Nast Archive
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Talitha Getty, Palais Da Zahir, 1970 | Patrick Lichfield for Vogue, Conde Nast Archive
Talitha Getty, Palais Da Zahir, 1969 | Patrick Lichfield for Vogue
Talitha Getty and husband Paul Getty, Palais Da Zahir, 1970 | Patrick Lichfield for Vogue, Conde Nast Archive
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Talitha Getty, Palais Da Zahir, 1970 | Patrick Lichfield for Vogue, Conde Nast Archive
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Talitha Getty and husband Paul Getty, Palais Da Zahir, 1970 | Patrick Lichfield for Vogue, Conde Nast Archive
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Talitha Getty, Palais Da Zahir, 1970 | Patrick Lichfield for Vogue, Conde Nast Archive
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Talitha Getty and husband Paul Getty, Palais Da Zahir, 1970 | Patrick Lichfield for Vogue, Conde Nast Archive
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Talitha Getty, Palais Da Zahir, 1970 | Patrick Lichfield for Vogue, Conde Nast Archive

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From design and decor to food and travel, moroccanzest is the space where I share what I loved growing up in Morocco, and more. It’s your destination for everything beautiful, artistic, and made the Moroccan way with love. Learn more about me here.