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A hidden corner of Paris—a magical 17th c house—with writer and historian David Gaillardon. ...

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“Are you charm? Or sex appeal?” Brigitte Bardot before the phenomenon of BB. Might she have been amused—as I—by these cover lines that imply in 1954 these qualities were mutually exclusive? While contemplating her answer, and stardom, BB wears Givenchy. And why not? The dress manages charming and subtly sexy quite well. ...

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What do you think? Is Brigitte Bardot better as a brunette ? This was the overwhelming question of today’s research. BB, 18 years old, 1953 and on the cover of Elle. PS she is wearing an Hermès jacket. ...

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Study break! Sharing the Salle Labrouste with the world. It’s the sort of room that tempts discovery. It also represents 1850s state- of-the-art construction using 16 cast iron (rather than stone ) pillars to support 9 domes, each with its own skylight. The core of the fine and decorative arts collection was supplied by the long-sighted couturier and arts patron Jacques Doucet (1853-1929) ............#jacquesdoucet #booksmakearoom #bibliothequenationaledefrance #librariesoftheworld ...

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Geoffrey Beene, could we have a little more silk gingham fantasy, please?? Shall we revive the eye makeup too? Modeled by Princess Elizabeth of Toro—isn’t she fabulous?! . Harper’s Bazaar, February 1970. Photo Bill King. ....#princesselizabethoftoro #harpersbazaar #geoffreybeene #billkingphotography #seventiesfashion #americanstyle ...

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In November 1959 the Duchess of Windsor purchased (in addition to numerous Balenciagas) a suede and knit ensemble at Gres. And really, wouldn’t you wear this suede jacket and bulky sweater NOW ? (Let’s ignore the sad fact of global warming.). Madame Gres the Timeless. Vogue Paris November 1959. Of course we got this delicious fact from an archived copy of Women’s Wear Daily. .....#madamegres #alixgres #duchessofwindsor @vogueparis #timelessstyle #theglamouryears #balenciagathemaster ...

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Jean Dessès—best known for chiffon numbers draped à la Grecque—surprises with this buoyant confection.John Fairchild recorded that Dessès was among the few couturiers who could “ sketch, cut, finish, and even iron his completed model...[and ] he has few enemies and many friends, a rare thing in couture living.”! Much to learn about Desses! Photographed by Norman Parkinson. Vogue Paris, April 1950. ....#jeandesses #frenchcouture #fashionphotography #normanparkinson #the glamour years #hautecouture #greekstyle ...

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A dashing blue sky and a charming corner in Prague—just the place for the red, white and blue. Happy Independence Day and may we all be true to the intent of the Founding Fathers. ...

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Velasquez chic chez Dior with perfect punctuation: a glimpse of a red pump. Everyone was using point d’esprit that year, but this is the infanta dress I crave. Vogue Paris April 1955. Photo: Henry Clarke. ....#dior #theglamouryears #infantastyle #Spanishstyle #hautecouturehighdesign #diorandhisdecorators #pariscouture #henryclarkephotographer ...

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Preening and posing in Prague. In the gardens of Waldstein Palace. .....#prague #proudasapeacock #waldsteingarden #praguespring ...

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A gasp then a sigh. High baroque in Prague by master architect Dietzenhofer. C 1703. ...

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Do you agree with Dior that Balenciaga is the master of all couturiers ? ( Even the exacting Coco Chanel agreed on this point.) I am always struck by his authoritative poise, dignity and drama. The model here is Regine Debrise, a beauty editor at Vogue Paris who occasionally—and rather spectacularly—filled in as a model. Irving Penn for French Vogue, October 1950. ................#balenciagalover #balenciaga #dior #christiandior #parisstyle #greenpower #greenwithenvy #vogueparis #theglamouryears #frenchbeauty #balenciagaparis #chanel ...

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Is there anything more charming than this Dior halter dress in white ottoman? Paris Vogue, November 1952. photo by Frances Mc Laughlin. ...

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Travel alert! Ten years in the making, the Louvre is about to mount the comprehensive exhibit on Leonardo. Imagine the fetes of diplomacy, negotiation skills deployed to secure the loans—not to mention the insurance —-to collect all his work in one place. I for one am scheming to be in to Paris around exhibition dates. ...

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