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Quote Of The Day: Suzy Menkes On 1940's French Wartime Fashion

Quote Of The Day: Suzy Menkes On 1940's French Wartime Fashion

The 1940s look also pinpoints the defiant glamour of Paris during the occupation. Those wartime clothes — the strict, tailored jackets or floral dresses, set off with whimsical hats, scarlet lips and shoes made from any material other than rationed leather — represent to the French the “R word”: Résistance. But a new exhibition tucked away behind the Gare Montparnasse in Paris suggests something more intriguing. That it is R for recession that brings out utilitarian elegance and creative ingenuity that we are again experiencing in 2009.

"Recession Looks-1940s and Now", International Herald Tribune
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