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.

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Jean Patou (Parry) and Lantelme

Scan fron V’lan theatre program. Genevieve Lantelme in Parry (Jean Patou) dresses. 1911.

V’lan was her last comedy (revue) she played from 1 June 1911 to 1 July 1911. The dresses were made by Parry fashion house. Parry, it was Jean Patou who later will become a very popular designer.