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About Mrs. Miniver

June 19, 2014

Of course, this is not my real name. Did you know that Cinderella’s slippers were not really made from glass, but were ‘vair’ – a fur as valued as ermine and sable in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries - from a creature weasel sized, grey hair on the back, white on the belly (see Richard Davey, Fur and Fur Garments, The International Fur Store, London, 1895) that was said to come from Hungary. A fascinating little book, of more later. Anyway, Charles Perrault, who recounted the legend of Cinderella in his version in 1697, mistakenly translated ‘vair’ as ‘verre’, meaning glass … and the rest is history (Mythographer Marina Warner in her From The Beast to the Blond: fairy tales and their tellers, London 1994 smashes the glass and unravels the meaning.)

‘Miniver’ has all the gorgeous allusions to the age of chivalry, the medieval past and the courts of the Plantagenets and Valois. Fur in fashion repeats itself over and over again, from the white fox lining the robes of ‘Salome’ in the Byzantine Ravenna Mosaics to the mink that trimmed the robes of Henry VIII. We see both again today on the international runways – and there is not much difference. And in between the artistry that was practiced by furriers over the centuries – complex, delicate, inspired, ingenious – has been largely forgotten. Furs and feathers are the most beautiful materials produced by nature – whether you hold that they belong to their original owner or should adorn the bodies of our two-legged selves.

This blog will look at all aspects of fur, whether in galleries, on runways, in museums, films and books. It will bring to you the newest ideas and update you on shops, shopping and trends in general.

But it is grounded in the art, the language, the beauty, wit and savagery of furs in fashion:

  • Researching the past
  • Enriching the present
  • Creating future possibilities

Mrs Miniver

‘Miniver’ has all the gorgeous allusions to the age of chivalry, the medieval past and the courts of the Plantagenets and Valois. Fur in fashion repeats itself over and over again, from the white fox lining the robes of ‘Salome’ in the Byzantine Ravenna Mosaics to the mink that trimmed the robes of Henry VIII.

02 March 2016

Fur Glamour: The Academy Award

23 February 2016

Muffology

12 December 2015

Children in furs

03 November 2015

This seasons fur ads

06 October 2015

The Parka

27 August 2015

Red On The Rocks

25 July 2015

A New Garden of Earthly Delights: Christian Dior Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2015

22 July 2015

FOURRURE ALLURE!

26 January 2015

Titfers, Tiles, Butter flaps and Bonnets

22 November 2014

Adonis in Furs

10 November 2014

Beasts of the Wild Frontier

30 October 2014

Wilde Thing

06 October 2014

‘HEAVEN’S BEAUTIFUL SERPENT’: The Marchesa Casati and the Museo Fortuny exhibition

15 September 2014

I never promised you a rose garden

27 August 2014

DON'T CALL ME DOLLY

18 July 2014

THE GREAT FASHION BAKE 0FF© at Mrs Miniver’s

18 July 2014

Elsa Schiaparelli in Cloud Cuckoo Land

16 July 2014

Schiaparelli Couture Fall 2014 by Marco Zanini

08 July 2014

Fashion : 1914 and Century On

01 July 2014

Of Unicorns and Wickermen – British Folk Art at Tate Britain

27 June 2014

Newsflash – auction results Kerry Taylor Auctions – sale results, Passion for Fashion 24 June 2014

24 June 2014

Passion for Fashion sale 24th June

23 June 2014

The Glamour of Italian Fashion’ exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

05 June 2014

Emerging Talent News...

10 June 2014

Gowns of Glory - ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’