Philip's putting the final touches to the UK and Europe tour, which was scheduled to start on the UK publication date -7th March. However, I've noticed that Amazon and The Telegraph Book Store are already selling it, with publication dates of 12th and 26th January respectively. I noticed that neither actually have any copies yet, so I do wish they wouldn't jump the gun like this. It's not particularly helpful to anyone, certainly not to the author, trying to promote the book with unreliable publication dates, nor to the consumer, who is left with no realistic idea of when the book might actually arrive.
|Bandol by Martin Storey, Rowan Magazine 51|
|Handknit sweater with Bowknot, November 1927|
in Black and white wool. Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In the 1920’s, the sweater was an important piece of clothing for the modern woman who would rather play a game of tennis than sit still in a parlour. But sweaters of the time tended to lose their shape quickly which resulted in a sloppy appearance. In the Spring of 1927, Elsa Schiaparelli noticed a woman in Paris wearing a plain but unusually woven sweater, which didn’t seem to stretch and had what Schiaparelli later described as a steady look.
Schiaparelli discovered that the sweater had been knitted by an Armenian woman using a special double layered stich. Elsa soon recruited the young woman to knit several prototypes for her. Schiaparelli drew a white bow to look like a scarf tied around the neck of a sweater on a black background and had the design knitted into the sweaters. The sweater had its public debut when Elsa wore it to a luncheon that included several leaders of the fashion world. The sweater caused a sensation. A buyer from Lord and Taylor ordered 40 copies on the spot. Although her first collection launched the previous year had been well-received, it was the bow knot sweater which secured her fame.
The Schiaparelli pattern can be downloaded on Schoolhouse Press website.
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