Sunday, June 6, 2010

Museworthy: Wallis Simpson, 1896 - 1986

She of the memorable one liner ("Never explain, never complain!"; "You can never be too rich or too thin") is most famous for stealing a prince from his throne, but it's the Duchess of Windsor's wardrobe that gets my motor running. With her angular frame and classic art deco profile, she was a fabulous clothes horse, although photographer Cecil Beaton claimed she was no beauty. A fan of blues (to match her eyes) she shopped at Chanel for sportswear and Mainbocher for slinky, bias cut evening looks, but it was in daring Schiaparelli designs that Beaton photographed her for Vogue - don't you just love her lobster dress? Perhaps it was the inspiration for Romance Was Born's recent version - the one with the padded claw sleeves?

1 comment:

  1. Wally knew she was No Great Shakes in the Looks Department but by God she kept herself thin and she always had the best jewels.