Izabella Scott is an art critic, writer, and editor at The White Review. She is currently writing a novel set in the 1970s and based on Olga Deterding’s life, about desire and self-invention.
What follows is a story of a number of women who invented fortunes. They lied, faked pictures, forged documents, and posed as socialites, or royals. They enacted, without knowing one other, The Heiress Con: inventing a fortune in order to create one.