Despite the heavy sun, men wear "gavroches" (newsboy caps)
and women wear cloche hats
Last friday, as I was wandering in the streets of
The real scene happened place in Pey Berland Square in
The cloche-hat (“cloche” meaning “bell” in French) was a symbole of elegance during the roaring 20’s. As its name implies, the cloche hat is shaped like a bell and was worn pushed down onto one’s head, covering the forehead in order to bring the gaze on the face and especially the eyes. It is always decorated with a headband, flowers or feathers.
|Audrey Tautou, smiling between two takes|
|Thérèse Desqueyroux, Claude Miller|
Slate 144, Scene 5, Take 3
Bernard and Thérèse Desqueyroux having their last argument
In her previous life, actress Audrey Tautou probably lived in
in the 20’s. Indeed, as she already played the part of Coco Chanel and as she is the face of the perfume Chanel n°5, she seems to be epitomizing the style of that decade which key words are chic, elegance and modernity (for that time) France
It is first because she can pull off boyish short haircuts really well like the bob, typical of that period. Also because she embodies the chic à la française that is natural to her but which I believe was also given to her by the movie Amélie Poulain, since it is one of the most famous French movie among foreigners. Eventually because the figure of the 20’s is characterized by slimness and Audrey Tautou is slim.
Gendarmes uniforms with officer boots and belt for the waist
Women at that time wore suits. The skirt is often pleated and goes down to the knees since women start showing their legs a little. They also wear straped shoes with or without heels.
Besides, downtown Bordeaux is the perfect place to recreate scenes supposed to take place during the beginning of the 20th century since its historical architecture has been preserved: buildings made of stone from the 18th century, squares, fountains… The city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. We will have the occasion to talk about it in following posts.