a little scandal at Parry

In November 1921 Maurice de Waleffe wrote in Les Modes:

Il y a quinze ans, la jolie Lantelme, qui devait trouver dans les eaux du Rhin la mort d’Ophélie, fut une des premières à porter dans Paris des fourrures étonnantes. Elle arbora le premier grand manteau de chinchilla. Son opulent mari, M. Edwards, l’accompagnait chez les couturiers, et il y a des jeunes femmes à qui cette escorte conjugale ininterrompue porte sur les nerfs. Un jour que Lantelme essayait une nouvelle doublure à son chinchilla, le mari, se morfondant au salon d’attente, pénétra d’autorité dans le salon d’essayage, dérangeant les plans de Lantelme, qui avait malicieusement combiné une fugue pour échapper à son garde du corps. Plus d’espoir de s’évader par l’autre porte! Il fallait rester!

De rage, Lantelme demanda des ciseaux et, à grands coups, taillada en lambeaux le chinchilla… Une crise de nerfs de cinquante mille francs…

I found some more details about this little scandal. As it occured at Parry fashion house, opened in 1911 (and created by famous designer Jean Patou), it could happen in 1911 only (not “il y a quinze ans”, 15 years before 1921) because we know Lantelme died in July 1911.  And if Edwards were so jealous, he could later murder Lantelme (as thought many people who knew this couple).

Meredith Etherington-Smith in her book Patou wrote about this scandal more discreetly:

Dressmaking establishments such as Parry fulfilled other useful functions in the louche first decade of the century, in that they could be used as romantic meeting places, the discreetly curtained fitting rooms providing many opportunities for quiet romantic meetings. Hearing one afternoon that the notoriously fickle La Lantelme had such an assignation at Maison Parry, Alfred Edwards attempted to catch her in flagrante delicto and was astonished to find her being fitted for a new chinchilla coat.

Les Modes cover

I know only one issue of Les Modes with Lantelme on the cover (but I have to say some years of Les Modes are missing on Gallica site).

Lantelme in Les Modes, April 1907.  Photo by Paul Boyer. File found on Gallica site, I’ve made some retouch. The caption says only Mlle Lantelme, du theatre Rejane.

Lantelme and Doucet

Lantelme in Les Modes, December 1907. File found on Gallica site , I’ve just made some little retouch.

Caption: Mlle Lantelme. – Tea-gown. – Doucet. – Robe genre Empire en mousseline avec plis dans le bas, recouverte d’une tunique en tulle filet noir formant manteau, ornee d’un entredeux de filet rebrode de cretonne de Jouy et de paillettes nacrees.

This photo is described in magazine captions as colorized (“hors texte en couleurs”), but the file is only b&w.

More info about Doucet here: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Doucet_(couturier) (French) or here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Doucet_(fashion_designer) (English).

Lantelme and Reboux

Lantelme in Les Modes magazine, June 1905. Photo by Reutlinger. File found on gallica.bnf.fr , I’ve just erased some spots.

Caption: Mlle Lantelme. – Chapeau de Reboux. – Chapeau de paille grise, garni de gros choux de satin; plume de meme ton.

Caroline Reboux was very famous as hat designer, and it’s interesting that I could find only one photo of Lantelme in her hat – though Lantelme adored hats!

More info about Reboux here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Reboux (English) or here: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Reboux (French).

2012

This year in my blog:

postcards with Lantelme, including some rare ones;

the only book about Lantelme written by Maurice Mayen and published many years ago;

my scans of articles about her;

photos of Lantelme found everywhere.