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Ritz crackers

August 16, 2010

Vivien wondered whether she should tip Margaret off about the best air raid shelter in Paris. Down in the wine cellars of the Ritz hotel, elegance still held sway. There were fur rugs and sleeping bags by Hermès, and the most stylish women walked about in Schiaparelli siren suits with pink flannel lining, or jaunty capes by Piguet. There was a grand piano, and impromptu sing-a-longs and dancing. And of course there were several hundred thousand bottles of champagne, champagne that was served in tea pots…

According to Dominique Veillon, in her book Fashion Under the Occupation, air raids at the Ritz during World War II did indeed involve sleeping bags by Hermès and couture siren suits. (The grand piano, dancing and tea pots are my embellishments.)

On a slight tangent, I hadn’t realised that on the day that Paris was liberated from German occupation in 1944 writer Ernest Hemingway rocked up at the Ritz in a jeep and supposedly “liberated” it. Or the bar that now bears his name and cellars at least. Did he really liberate it, or just liberate a few bottles of champagne? (Apparently he had to be removed comatose several hours later…)

This pattern is now up in the store, along with a few others…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 17, 2010 12:41 am

    Your little story just made my day!

    • glassoffashion permalink
      August 17, 2010 8:04 am

      Aw, thank you- and you just made mine! :)

  2. corgimom2 permalink
    September 27, 2010 11:46 pm

    RE: Vogue pattern 6138, is the pattern designed as a one-piece dress or a two-piece blouse and skirt? Either way love the pattern and will try to russel up some dough to send your way. BTW thanks for beautiful vintage pattern I purchased earlier this year. Fabulous giftwrap and sweet note. Padraig says Hi.

    • glassoffashion permalink
      September 28, 2010 10:10 am

      Hello, there! Vogue 6138 is designed as a one-piece dress, rather than a blouse and skirt. (From the packet: “Skirt joins bodice at a slightly higher waistline in front….)
      I’m so glad you liked the pattern you bought- it was one by Guy Laroche, wasn’t it- did you ever get round to making it up? Thanks for your kind comments on the giftwrap :)

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