Pouf Aux Insurgents | History And Other Thoughts

Madame Bertin’s creations were often inspired by contemporary political events. Here’s an example:

At the end of 1777 the hair was dressed in the fashion called The Insurgents. “It was,” says the author of the “Memoires Secret,” an allegory, made up of the disturbances between England and America. The first was a snake, so perfectly imitated that in a committee meeting held at the house of Mme. la Marquise de Narbonne, Lady of the Bedchamber to Mme. Adelaide, it was decided not to adopt this ornament, as it was likely to upset people’s nerves. The maker then decided to sell it to foreigners only, who were anxious to obtain our novelties; it had been proposed to advertise it in the papers, but the Government, prudent and circumspect, forbade it. Crowds went to see it out of curiosity.”

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Yellow and Purple, or A Plate of Figs


Links are a lazy way of making a point, finding degrees of affinity or underlying meaning in coincidences are a substitute for profound originality.

This shamelessly shallow post presents a colour-coded association between the excessive frivolity of the ancien regime and the socialist conscience of modern feminism, between Marie Antoinette’s favourite dress shop and the intellectual salon of Simone de Beauvoir, both in Paris, two centuries apart.

In the 1770s and 1780s, Rose Bertin’s shop on the rue Saint-Honoré was decorated in yellow and purple, including the painted imitation marble at the front entrance.

From the late 1950s to 1980s, Simone de Beauvoir furnished her Paris studio with yellow sofas and chairs on a purple carpet.

This leap-frogging post might be silly, but it is not ironic. By serendipity, after lunch on a hot June day, it has landed on a revelation of women’s history through colour association.

yellow and purpleContemporary purple…

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