CULTUREPhotos: Wild WolfeOne of America’s first female decorators, Elsie de Wolfe was also prewar Europe’s great party animal.by Catherine Hong09.16.141Bernard Boutet de Monvel’s painting of de Wolfe, 1936. Bernard Boutet de Monvel, Lady Mendl (1936), Oil on canvas, Private Collection, courtesy of Stéphane-Jacques Addade, photograph ©Jacques Pépion.2The sunroom at Villa Trianon, 1930s, formerly the dining terrace. ©Condé Nast.3Arriving at Trianon for de Wolfe’s first Circus Ball: an unidentified guest, Paul Morand, Coco Chanel, and Serge Lifar (from left). Courtesy of Roger Schall ©Jean-Frédéric Schall.4De Wolfe practicing yoga. Courtesy of Charlotte Moss.5Acrobats at de Wolfe’s 1938 Circus Ball. Courtesy of Roger Schall ©Jean-Frédéric Schall.6William Ranken’s painting of de Wolfe’s bedroom at Trianon, 1920s. Courtesy of Charlotte Moss.7Bessie Marbury and de Wolfe, “the bachelors.” Courtesy of Roger Schall ©Jean-Frédéric Schall.8De Wolfe, relaxing at home at Villa Trianon, Versailles, 1935. © Bettmann/Corbis.