What is it about wallowing in water that conjures up inspirational ideas like bubbles from a well lathered soap? Each day Winston Churchill would submerge himself under the bath water at Chartwell his country home in Kent and emerge like a small red haired whale spouting first water and then ideas which his faithful secretary would scribble down in shorthand. Now I've just learned that Diana Vreeland, the legendary editor of American Vogue, would also dictate memos over the phone while in the bath.
The memos have been compiled into a new book published by Rizzoli and edited by her grandson. My favourites are these two on hair:
Date: Feb 10, 1967
"For goodness sakes, beware of curls...It is a great art to do them so that the girls not only look modern - but do not suddenly look vulgar."
Date: April 14, 1970
"Subject: Ironing one's hair with an iron
What has happened to this delightful idea, we have not heard about it lately."
( My mum used to cover her hair with brown paper and then iron it)
Like a crystal ball, she clearly saw the future in her bath bubbles if judged by a telex she send on July 30, 1967:
"In my opinion in the year 2001 so many physical problems will have been surmounted that a woman's beauty will be as a dream that will be completely obtainable. Obviously ravaging diseases will have been surmounted. Obviously the problem of shape and line will be so controlled that women will have a strong supple and splendid body all her life. The quality of her skin will be almost as she was born..."
I'll be in the bath with my pink Beverly Hills hotel duckie if anyone wants me. We don't even have a shower, I think they are the work of the devil.
Anyone want to take dictation?