Chicago: Consolidated Book Publishers, 1943. Illustrated on every page with vignettes of women in black. The illustrations indicate what personal style women should adopt to accentuate their physical features, e.g., a woman with a “short fat nose, high forehead, oval face” shouldn’t part their hair down the middle; a woman with a slightly crooked eyebrow should “emphasize it if it gives a roguish expression.”. Minor marginal toning. A near-fine copy of this attractive fashion guide. Original pink paper wrappers printed in color with an illustration of a stylish blonde woman. Otavo.c. 48 pp. Item #17359
Colette (1873 – 1954) was a French author, actress, and journalist. She was a prolific writer, primarily of semi-autobiographical novels interested in sexuality and life in French society. She is best remembered for her novella Gigi (1944), and for personally selecting the then-unknown Audrey Hepburn for the book’s 1951 stage adaptation. The 1958 musical film adaptation of Gigi also won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Katherine Anne Porter, a contemporary of Colette, wrote in the New York Times in 1951 that she was “the greatest living French writer of fiction; and that she was while Gide and Proust still lived.” Colette was also well known for her striking style and presence in French social circles, both aristocratic and Bohemian; the title-page of the present item describes her as “the internationally known stylist, dress designer, and fashion authority.”.
OCLC records four copies: two in the United States (Cincinnati Art Museum, Franklin & Marshall Collection in Pennsylvania), one in Australia, and one in Quebec.