'By the late 50s and into the 60s, the tiny island was chockablock with the kind of explosive characters you’d expect to find only in a throbbing metropolis like Paris or New York. There were corners of intellectual life, represented by writers such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Graham Greene, and Francis Steegmuller and his Australian wife, Shirley Hazzard, author of the recent Greene on Capri: A Memoir. The show-business contingent was out of control, with visitors including Orson Welles, Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo, Sophia Loren, Tony Curtis, Michael Caine, George Hamilton, Faye Dunaway, and Noël Coward and Beatrice Lillie, who’d sing until two o’clock in the morning in the “piazzetta,” Capri’s main square and most popular hangout. There was the fashion set (Marisa Berenson, Penelope Tree with her boyfriend, photographer David Bailey) and assorted millionaires (Philip Niarchos, Aristotle Onassis, Edmond and Lily Safra, Gianni Agnelli, Charles Revson, and the Shah of Persia).'
And of course, one cannot think of Capri without acknowledging the fashion icon garment worn in Capri during the heady days of the '50s and '60s, Capri pants.
'First designed in 1948 by Sonja de Lennart, the original capri pant was a sexy alternative to women’s trousers, which at the time were nearly identical to mens’ pants. De Lennart slimmed the silhouette and added a vent on the outside for comfort. She even made two specific lengths, one for summer and one for winter. As fate would have it, famed studio costumer Edith Head dressed Audrey Hepburn in “capri” pants for Roman Holiday and they made a repeat appearance in Sabrina. For that film Hubert de Givenchy himself commissioned de Lennart capris for Hepburn to wear throughout the production and she continued to wear them in subsequent films and off-camera.