February 18, 1939.
The Queen has already started preparing her wardrobe for the Royal visit to Canada this spring.
A famous London dressmaker is visiting Buckingham Palace every afternoon and for two hours or so the Queen discusses materials and models.
I understand that most of the clothes the Queen will be taking with her will be very simple, mostly coats and costumes in smartly-cut country styles.
Naturally, American fashion houses are waiting for final details with anxiety for it is certain that what the Queen wears during her trip to the States will form the basis of American fashions for many months.
But, as is the way with fashions, it is inevitable that what is popular in America will be introduced over here, so that British fashion houses will not be losing any business.
Very popular with the fashion experts is the fact that the Queen is getting all her clothes in London and not in Paris.
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Latest hobby in society is collecting old Victorian bric-a-brac, and the most popular type is papier mache inlaid with mother of pearl. Keenest collectors have earned the envy of fellow collectors by finding a genuine coal scuttle in papier mache after searching for many months.
And the new fashion has naturally made the prices leap in an astonishing way. A few months ago wax flowers, steel fenders, heavy mahogany furniture were a drug in the market; now all these pieces that the aesthetes shuddered at are fetching good prices.
The dealers are reaping a swift harvest realising that in a few more months the fashion will doubtless have switched back to the ultra-modern furniture of 1939.
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