From the gracious ingenuous Oxford girl to the Queen of New York parties, Ghislaine Maxwell lived a life of glamor that was difficult to reconcile with the accusations that lay against her.
Growing up as the daughter of millionaire publishing baron Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine was a figurehead in London’s hedonistic social scene in the 1980s.
She used her father’s credit card and his personal charm to create an incomparable network of friends and contacts that would include Prince Andrew and the late financier and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Arm in arm: Ghilane Maxwell (left) with Oxford contemporary David Faber (right) at the lair of high society Annabel’s in 1984
Company sweetheart: Maxwell celebrates with his friend Julia Verdin (right photo) at the Boisdale Ball exclusive in 1986
Gala Girls: Ghislaine Maxwell (left) hugs aristocrat daughter Ariadne Beaumont (right) at a social event
Absolutely fabulous: Ghislaine Maxwell (left) pictured with public relations guru Nadine Johnson (right) at an event in 1996 in New York
Daring in Denim: Ghislaine Maxwell amazes in a superb blue dress at the Met’s gala ball in New York in December 2003
These unpublished images taken by photographer Dafydd Jones show it on the poster of a succession of social events – the Chelsea Arts Ball in 1985, the Boisdale Ball in 1986 – where it was known as charismatic, turned out to be expensive and, as she liked to make clear, impeccably connected.
Following the sensational death and disgrace of Robert Maxwell in 1991, who had stolen millions of dollars from the Mirror Group pension plan, his youngest daughter left for New York.
And there, armed with his contact book and the money from his new friend Epstein, Maxwell set out to rebuild a stellar social life, as happy to spend thousands on a hairstyle as to capitalize on his English accent “Mary Poppins”.
Dripping jewelry: Ghislaine Maxwell (photo) wearing a beautiful animal print dress at the Miami Art Fair Party in 2011
Impeccable ties: Oxford Maxwell graduate (middle) socializing with friends of society at the Chelsea Arts Ball in 1985
Chic: Ghislaine Maxwell looking for a perfect image in a superb long dress while sitting on a stage in the 1980s in London
Sparkle: Maxwell (right), wearing long earrings and a necklace of jewelry, launches a charming offensive at the Cliveden country house
Life and soul: Maxwell (photo on the left) clearly sees the funny side during a conversation with the writer Toby Young (on the right)
In the late 1990s, she was on the guest list for Anna Wintour’s exclusive Met Gala Ball, joining guests such as Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney on the red carpet, and showing off her legs in a denim creation for the one year old Rock Style theme.
When Dafydd Jones last saw Maxwell, she was dripping jewelry at the Miami Art Fair, the epitome of a wealthy New Yorker.
“It seemed to have flourished,” he says.
This life must now seem like a world far from a prison cell in New England.