Fun escape to pre-WWII England and the early high fashion world. Back before glossy fashion magazines, catalogs, on line clothes viewing and even stores with high end outfits in different sizes like Neiman-Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue, purchasers viewed the clothes on living models. (It appears there are no life like mannequins in this world either.) These models had glamorous lives on the outside, but a really tough road on the inside. For one thing, their job often involved standing for HOURS w [...]
This is fun: teenager gets a job as a model (but it's 1939) The entertaining bit is that being a model turns out to be grinding hard work and not much better than slavery - chief problems: sore feet, lack of food and no rest breaks. Even more entertaining, the other models are refreshingly bitchy. I have no idea if Noel Streatfeild (Scarlett is a pseudonym) ever worked as a model but she certainly knew some vicious women if these were based on real life. The downside for me was that the 'new gir [...]
I do like Noel Streatfeild but I get the feeling that she recycles the same characters or at least types of characters in every book she wrote. In some cases this works better than in others. This was an interesting look at the fashion industry in the 1920s and it was good light fluffy reading so I really can't complain.
Charming, and an absolute must for fans of Noel Streatfield's "Ballet Shoes". It also tells us that the modelling industry (before it evolved into an actual entity) or mannequin work, has always been jealous business! On a completely unrelated note, I'm seriously considering naming my vintage dressmaker's dummy after the fashion house - Bertna.