Suits you made­moi­selle

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

RE­GARD­ING your piece on tweed in ‘50 things Bri­tain gave the world’ (July 5), Coco Chanel (right) may well have bor­rowed a jacket from her ad­mirer the Duke of West­min­ster, but its po­ten­tial came from an­other source. Her nephew and ward was sent to Beau­mont in mem­ory of her lover and backer ‘Boy’ Capel. When he re­turned to Paris at the end of term in his boat­ing jacket, she de­clared that it just needed a lit­tle tai­lor­ing and stitch­ing to be trans­formed into fem­i­nine fash­ion, ac­cord­ing to bi­og­ra­pher Mar­cel Haedrich—and so the suit was born. Rugby gave us the game and Eton our love of boat­ing, but Beau­mont, long for­got­ten by most, left a le­gacy for the ladies. Robert Wilkin­son, Sur­rey

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