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Fashionable Friday : My Fair Ladies

Fashion illustration : Eliza and Dover - My Fair Ladies © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion illustration : Eliza and Dover - My Fair Ladies © Shell-Sherree}

With Royal Ascot preparing to enter the mounting yard next week, today's fashion illustration honours a well-loved and long-retired but never-to-be-forgotten favourite.  The expression,"Rooster one day, feather duster the next," was certainly not made for Audrey Hepburn or Eliza Doolittle ~ even though some bemused men folk might wonder if the hat is a combination of both.  {They know not what they do.}

Not so long ago, I illustrated Audrey Hepburn in a different costume from the Royal Ascot scene in My Fair Lady.  It's lovely and all ~ but nothing can rival this breathtaking magnificence Cecil Beaton concocted especially for her ... somehow primly elegant and wildly extravagant all at once.  There's a rare gift in successfully combining both.

We feel we must apologise for inflicting hat hair on you yet again, and indeed, it is a requirement of Royal Ascot's official style guide that we do.  But we have arranged for distractional brandy in sterling silver hip flasks should one's hat come adrift at any point in proceedings.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

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8 comments

  1. Stick a pair of Keds on that woman and she still looks like a million bucks.

    btw: fantastic horse - I'm calling her Nee Sha Sha.

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    1. Damn straight, PA ! And Nee Sha Sha is very pretty. Thank you ~ I rather like her, too. ;)

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  2. I noticed the horse, too! Sweet. I might call her Pandora, but she was my first horse, as Nee Sha Sha was PA's.

    I'm ready for Royal Ascot. I will wear those clothes (I do like the pink trouser suit) and I'm willing to suffer hat hair, just as long as I have my distractional brandy.

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    1. Ahh ~ I googled Nee Sha Sha and learned that 'Shasha' is how you describe a girl who means the world to you. That seems appropriate even if it wasn't part of PA's reason for naming her geegee so.

      I thought of you when I saw that pink trouser suit, Petrea. I really did.

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  3. My fave of all the fabulous gowns Beaton created for that film. And, my, you could house a whole fluffball menagerie in the hat and the bag! I assumed the horse was Dover of "bloomin' arse" fame. :~}

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    1. I suspect some small creatures could be hibernating there for winter, dear Alexa ! And indeed, I had Dover in mind when including this sheepish pony. :) Bisous !

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  4. You know, one of the great pleasures, and there are many, I find in your art, is the distinct impression that the artist was taking such joy in the act of creation.

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    1. Thank you, dear Hiker. That means more to me than you might imagine ... x0

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