Ghislaine Maxwell for the Fall: As she languishes in an American cell, photos show the life of rampant hedonism that Jeffrey Epstein’s “ Mrs. ” enjoyed for decades at community events
- Ghislaine Maxwell is currently in a US prison cell after being arrested in America this week
- Jeffrey Epstein’s “ Ms ” led a life of glamor that is hard to reconcile with the charges she now faces
- Ghislaine grew up as a millionaire’s daughter and was a leading figure in the London social scene of the 1980s
- Photos show her glamorous outfits, impeccable connections, and her lavish London evenings
From graceful Oxford ingenuity to New York’s party queen, Ghislaine Maxwell led a life full of glamor that is hard to reconcile with the charges she now faces.
Ghislaine grew up as the indulgent daughter of millionaire publishing baron Robert Maxwell and was a leading figure in 1980s London’s hedonistic social scene.
She used her father’s credit card and personal charm to create an unparalleled network of friends and contacts, including Prince Andrew and the late financier and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Arm in arm: Ghilane Maxwell (left) with Oxford contemporary David Faber (right) at Annabel’s high-society hangout in 1984
Society darling: Maxwell partying with boyfriend Julia Verdin (pictured right) at the exclusive Boisdale Ball in 1986
Gala Girls: Ghislaine Maxwell (left) gives a hug to the daughter of aristocrat Ariadne Beaumont (right) during a social event
Absolutely Fabulous: Ghislaine Maxwell (left) pictured with PR guru Nadine Johnson (right) at a 1996 event in New York
Daring in Denim: Ghislaine Maxwell wows in a gorgeous blue dress at the Met Gala ball in New York in December 2003
These previously unpublished photos, taken by photographer Dafydd Jones, show her in a succession of community events – the Chelsea Arts Ball in 1985, the Boisdale Ball in 1986 – where she was known for being charismatic, expensive and, as she liked to make clear, impeccably connected.
After the sensational death and disgrace of Robert Maxwell in 1991, who had stolen millions from the Mirror Group’s retirement plan, his youngest daughter left for New York.
And there, armed with her contact book and the money from her new boyfriend Epstein, Maxwell started rebuilding a fantastic social life, just as much to spend thousands on a haircut as to take advantage of her ‘Mary Poppins’ English accent.
Dripping in Jewels: Ghislaine Maxwell (pictured) dressed in a gorgeous animal print dress at the 2011 Miami Art Fair party
Impeccable connections: Oxford graduate Maxwell (middle) socializing with societies at the Chelsea Arts Ball in 1985
Chic: Ghislaine Maxwell looks perfect in a gorgeous long dress sitting on a stage in 1980s London
Sparkle: Maxwell (right), with long earrings and a chain, launches a charm offensive at the Cliveden mansion
Life and Soul: Maxwell (pictured left) clearly sees the funny side during a conversation with writer Toby Young (right)
In the late 1990s, she was on the guest list of Anna Wintour’s exclusive Met Gala Ball, accompanying guests such as Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney on the red carpet and flashing her legs in a denim creation for a year of the Rock Style theme.
When Dafydd last saw Maxwell Jones, she dripped jewelry at the Miami Art Fair, the epitome of a wealthy New Yorker.
“She seemed to be thriving,” he says.
That life should now seem a world away from a New England prison cell.