IN THE MINK by Anne Scott-James


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A debonair account of a career in the world of high fashion as Elizabeth Gaskell's rise, from a gangling apprenticeship on the British magazine Venus (you can spell it Vogue or Harper's Bazaar) to its editorship, provides a bright view of a chic to chi-chi sphere of influence. The capricious exaggeration and slavish imitation of fashion fads; the special prose this type of copywriting demands; the particulars of fashion shows and sittings and beauty salons; the excitement of the Paris collections or a trip to America and the parent magazine here- all this is trade talk which acknowledges the affectations of lives groomed to glamour but also a definite enjoyment therein. Her marriage, and her first baby (definitely a gaffe on Bond Street) and the difficulty of maternal versus professional obligations finally ended in her resignation and the abandonment of the career chronicled here. Not important, but a pleasant accessory.

Pub Date: March 27th, 1953
Publisher: Dutton