the woman behind the girl
good morning guys! it’s a chilly, dreary morning in paris but what else is new? we’re up early for a market held every day called marche d’aligre. it’s been packing and shipping central around here and before everything is en route to the us i thought you’d enjoy one small unappreciated box out of a million that were tossed into piles at lille.
i got this paper filled, obviously long forgotten collection of clippings, patterns, catalogs and dreams at the last minute when we were packed like sherpas and all i wanted was a catalog from au bon marche. the guy gave me a good deal on it and i had to say yes, both because it was embroidery stuff (i inherited an appreciation for it since my mom and gram were always hand making the most beautiful things). the second is that i knew i could send bits of it to you.
when i was in lille i guess i was imagining the 20s or 30s glamour gal to be living in paris, the talk of the town, but this box make me think about an era i rarely do, the turn of the century. i think this humble but grand dame lived in lille and was the woman behind the woman i conjured up.
the box has been untouched for almost a humdred years. the papers are from 1908-1914 and it is a tiny window into her life, one not so different from ours but maybe light years away from her own daughter’s. she saved catalogs and made patterns, wanted to create heirlooms and make a happy home.
planned dinners and bookmarked pages of things she hoped to have one day.
she was concerned about her apprearance
and may have even had extensions!
she worked hard to make beautiful things for her family to inherit, her daughter probably thought she was old fashioned.
but she wanted to feel pretty, even sexy maybe in her corset and garters
when she traveled it was in style with everything in its place
lotions and creams (sorry for the bad pics, it was so dark in here last night)!
amazing how generation to generation things can change so much.
she still had questions
and life was centered around creating a well decorated home with all the trimmings.
well my guests have arrived and we’re off to the market. i hope you have a fabulous day!