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Straining credulity?

May 17, 2011

Following on from this post here, more fascinating info on the origins of the latest trends for 1932 from ‘our man in Paris’…

Today: the humble beret as the simply the latest thing in smart head-gear:

“A celebrated Parisian cocotte* resting in a little Basque fishing village, takes a fisherman lover. He is killed in a fight over her. Back in Paris she wears his beret, has it copied in fine black skin and flaunts it at night at her favourite grills. It is perceived to be unexpectedly jaunty, alluring, smart, with a sadistic hint at the exhibition of a male scalp. Abruptly all the women, from Hollywood to Berlin and from Scarborough to Sydney, are wearing berets…

From Britannia magazine, July 1932.

 *Not a baked egg dish.

A male scalp? Blimey.

What do we think- gospel truth, or does that anecdote strain credulity just a little too far??

Where did you get that hat?
Where did you get that tile?
Isn’t it a nobby one, and just the proper style?
I should like to have one just the same as that!
Whe’er I go they shout, ‘Hello!
Where did you get that hat?’

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 31, 2011 5:46 am

    I’m fairly sure ‘our man in Paris’ is making the whole thing up…

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