A guide to elegance: For every woman who wants to be well and properly dressed on all occasions

Date

2003

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Private Collection

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London: Harper Collins Publishers

Abstract

‘What is elegance? It is a sort of harmony that rather resembles beauty, with the difference that the latter is more often a gift of nature and the former the gift of art…Elegance springs from the habits of a civilised culture…’. So writes Dariaux in her Guide. From A (Accessories –among the most important elements of an appearance) to Z (Zoology – leave the baby panther at home), Dariaux is on a mission to make even a plain woman elegant. Under ‘Girlfriends’ she advises us never to shop for clothes with a girlfriend, who as unwitting rival ‘…will unconsciously demolish all that suits you best’.

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Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, “A guide to elegance: For every woman who wants to be well and properly dressed on all occasions,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed July 22, 2024, https://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/9767.