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After watching the Kings Speech the other evening. I got to thinking about the abdication of Edward and his love affair with Mrs Simpson.
Only months into his reign, Edward caused a constitutional crisis by proposing marriage to the American
socialite Wallis Simpson, who had divorced her first husband and was seeking a divorce from her second.
The prime ministers of the United Kingdom and the Dominions opposed the marriage, arguing that the people would never accept a divorced woman with two living ex-husbands as queen.
Additionally, such a marriage would have conflicted with Edward’s status as
head of the Church of England, (Does this sound familiar? Charles and Camilla?)
After his abdication, he was created Duke of Windsor. He married Wallis Simpson in France on June 3rd 1937, after her second divorce became final.
There is no doubt that Mrs. Wallis Simpson has become an emotional figure in history.
This is a film looking more at Wallis Simpson than the abdication of the King.
Madonna the film-maker, who wrote the screenplay with her old friend Alek Keshishian,
raises the question of what it cost Mrs Simpson.
To be sure, she became the Duchess of Windsor and lived a life of luxury but, as
Mrs Simpson (played beautifully by Andrea Riseborough) points out, the King
‘used me to escape his prison, only to incarcerate me in my own’.
Poor old Mrs Simpson would have been happier if she could have shaken cocktails for
his majesty while remaining married to second husband Ernest Simpson.
It also happens to be one of the best-dressed movies of the year.
The costumes, as you would expect from the original material girl,
are eye-popping. In fact, the whole thing looks fantastic — it’s designer
Madonna makes us all fall in love with Mrs Simpson
Mail online – article by Baz Bamigboye
There are more than similarities between Wallis Simpson and Diors Pre Fall Ready to Wear Collection 2011.
This collection is the epitomy of aristocratic sophistication. The mix of pearls, with tweed & wool, lightweight furs on knits, offers coverage for mini-kilts and argyle sweaters. The
collection was long on daywear, but Galliano’s (alas no longer with Dior) evening options more than held
their own. The flapper dresses in black and nude or in ribbons of pink silk
embroidered with crystals, not to mention the goddess gowns. Beautiful brooches adorned garments fit for a Duchess.
This would be my fashion choice for the fall. No doubt we will see more on the high street that will reflect the beauty and timeless elegance of this collection.