Friday, May 21, 2010

Beatle activated corgi

How did he decide it was only a Liverpudlian accent that would do? (Also: loving the one ear up one down look)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

operation mincemeat

what do you think of this plan? 
get this dead guy, dress him up, put false papers on him and fake information, drop him in the sea and wait for him to wash up on shore where Nazis will find him, read the papers, believe the information, send it to Hitler. And all be fooled.


except it's true. and it worked. not only that, it assured allied victory. the corpse washed up off the Spanish coast. the Nazis rushed off to where the papers said the allies were landing. which left the allies free to invade Sicily as always planned.

The photo is of Ewan Montagu--a criminal lawyer who loved stinky cheese (yes it's true and what has that got to do with anything?) (Well except maybe does it he look like he just smelled some?) Anyway, he was one of the masterminds behind the plan... creating the character of the decoy dead guy like a brilliant novelist...

And a film was made of it ("The Man Who Never Was" 1956) (the other photo).

And why was it called operation mincemeat? you don't want to know. or maybe you do (see below)

via the new book by Ben Macintyre


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Monday, May 17, 2010

being copied + when to cry

Guiliana Camerino died today in Venice. The handbags she designed (sold under the Roberta Di Camerino label) dangled off the arms of Grace Kelly, and Elizabeth Taylor in the 50s and 60s. Fancy doctors satchels someone called them. Beautiful is what I call them. Want one. Now please thank you.

Her story reads like a novel. Born in Venice to a prominent Jewish family, she dreamed of becoming a theatrical costume designer. She escaped to Switzerland during World War 2, where, as a refugee needing a handbag and money, made her own. Soon afterwards, a swiss woman riding with her on the bus bought the handbag right off her shoulder. Which is how it all began.

Her bags were widely copied--consciously or unconsciously--by loads of other designers. The senior buyer at Barneys described the shock of looking at Roberta Di Camerino's archive: "Every handbag I had ever seen had already been done by her years before."

Gucci's lattice of G's (she did it in 1946); Bottega Veneta's woven leather (she did it in 1957); Prada's articulated frame (she did it in 1964).

This copying bothered Camerino at first. She says:

"When I was only doing bags, I found it particularly important to be always very well dressed, so I became a client of Chanel. Once in a fitting she saw me crying because someone had copied a bag which I had done exclusively for Neiman Marcus. 'You must not cry now,' Coco said. 'You cry the day they don't copy you.' "

via NYT

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