About Lady Foley
The Hon. Alexandra Foley is the daughter of the late Lord Foley, 8th Baron of Kidderminster. She named her venture epynomously as a tribute to past and present Lady Foley's in the family.
The present-day Lady Foley's are Alexandra's mother Patricia, Lady Foley; her stepmother The Dowager Lady Foley and Lady (Ann) Foley who is married to Alexandra's cousin General Sir John Foley KCB, OBE, MC, DL.
The 1st Baron Foley of Kidderminster (Worcestershire), Thomas Foley, was ennobled in 1712 for his services to the crown and philanthropic activities, the latter made possible by a considerable fortune accrued as a result of the Foley's success in the iron industry. The title died out in 1766 but was created a second time in 1776 by Queen Anne.
The many Lady Foley's throughout the two creations of the Barony have been distinguished personages in their own right. In the 19th Century Lady (Emily) Foley of Stoke Edith was an influential landowner in the Malvern area and the Foleys had their own railway station at their Stoke Edith Estate. Lady Foley was a key sponsor of the station at Great Malvern and had her own waiting room which still exists to this day.
Alexandra's paternal grandmother Minoru Foley married Gerald, the 7th Baron Foley and she became a popular society figure known for her extravagant tastes, particularly in fashion. Lady Foley's frequent trips to Paris resulted in her acquiring a vast collection of haute couture dresses including those by the great couturier Madeleine Vionnet. Several of Lady Foley's dresses made for her by Madeleine Vionnet were recently bought for the nation by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Alexandra's late stepmother, Ghislaine, her father's second wife, was a well-known society beauty of the 1950's and a celebrity panelist on the original television show 'What's My Line?'
Alexandra's stepmother is the sister of the late Sir Isaac Wolfson, founder of Great Universal Stores.