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Friday Fashionistas: Wallis Simpson Duchess of Windsor

Friday, February 10, 2012



Thank you so much to everyone for your comments on my last post. It means the world to me that this little blog is such a big inspiration to so many people. I want you to know that you're an inspiration to me!!

Anyways, last week, I completely lost track of time and forgot to post my Friday Fashionista! So, I'm making up for it this week with an amazingly fashionable and intriguing lady, Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor.

The Lady
 Wallis Warfield was born in Pennsylvania. As a young woman, she attended a very high class school in Maryland and was described as always being well-dressed. She married and divorced a US Navy pilot and a shipping executive before meeting Edward, Prince of Wales, who was at the time, the heir to the throne.
 an excerpt from the Wallis Simpson biography at thebiographychannel.co.uk

"On 20 January 1936, King George V, Edward's father, died, and Edward became King Edward VIII. The Government and the people of Great Britain had high hopes for Edward, but his infatuation with Wallis distracted him from his state duties. He alienated palace courtiers and his unorthodox approach to Government matters caused concern amongst ministers.
Some claimed that Wallis may be a German spy, handing State papers over to the German government. Some historians still consider that she might have had connections there, given Edward's sympathies towards the Nazi regime in the late 1930s.
Marriage to a divorcee was a constitutional impossibilty, so King Edward was faced with three options: give up Wallis, keep Wallis and face the resignation of the entire government, or abdicate. He chose the last option."



The Legend

Many people hated the Duchess for her entire life. Rumors  spread about her private life, her fidelity and her loyalties to the allies during World War I. Of course, this photo didn't help matters! To this day, many people believe that Wallis was a Nazi sympathizer and was passing information to a high ranking Nazi official. Some say that her divorces had nothing to do with the abdication crisis and that her Nazi relationships were the cause of her exile.
The Duchess, looking delighted to meet Hitler....bad plan, honey!
 Maybe it's the romantic in me but I find her story to be fascinating and wonderful. Through scandal,  loss of the crown, and being practically exiled from England, Edward and Wallis stayed together until the day Edward passed away. Wallis remained single until her death in 1986.

I'm loving the matching turban and huge brooch
“I'm nothing to look at, so the only thing I can do is dress better than anyone else.”- Wallis Simpson

Madonna's film W/E, which chronicles the love story of Wallis and Edward was released in the US last week. It's not in theaters in my area yet but when I finally see it, I'll let you know! Be sure to check out the exquisite costumes in the W/E Vanity Fair spread.

Get Her Look
Since Edward gave up the crown to marry her, Wallis felt that she must always be thin and well-dressed for her husband. Likewise, since she gave up her reputation to marry him, Edward wanted nothing more than to shower Wallis with the finest jewels and clothes that money could buy. Her clothes featured sleek lines, outlandish jewels and the most couture and tailored details.



"If everyone looks at me when I enter a room, my husband can feel proud of me. That's my chief responsibility."



Read more about Wallis and her style here and here

13 Responses to “Friday Fashionistas: Wallis Simpson Duchess of Windsor”

  1. A lot of people vilified her (then and now). I always found her not only a romantic figure (a king gave up his THRONE for her!) but also a really dashing figure as well. She had style, grace (you'd have to in order to deal with people) and wasn't afraid to laugh at her self. I also think it's kinda interesting that she's not a great beauty. I wouldn't, by any stretch of the imagination, call Wallis Simpson beautiful or even pretty. Handsome yes, but pretty no. She's kinda awesome that way.

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  2. I LOVE the coloured photo! I WANT that entire outfit! Rather dashing me thinks!!! She was super stylish :)
    Tupney xxx

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  3. I've always loved how she wore simple clothes and gorgeous jewels. She sure had style!

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  4. I actually kind of feel sorry for her in a way-needed to doll herself to make him proud. I am sure he was proud of her no matter but that is a hell of a lot of pressure to put on a relationship for both of them. Incredible they stayed together. Looking up the film now-I am intrigued! xox

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  5. Her politics were awful, but gosh she was elegant. I will never be her size and shape, but I would love to dress as well.

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  6. This woman had so much impeccable style and grace. I just feel bad that her adulterous romance as a married woman to Prince Edward had more precedence than her being a great human being. The way that the Queen treated her in those days was atrocious. But, when Elizabeth became queen she set things right. Go Queen Elizabeth!

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  7. Wow, what a story and what a woman! I love her style too, she looks impeccably dressed in every photo.

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  8. I love the quote at the end!

    Mary Ellen
    The Working Home Keeper

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  9. Well I don´t agree with her politics or that of Evita Perón eather but they where to very influential, wealthy ladies in the golden age of couture. So stylish and elegant! In the last photo I think I can see a Lobster decoration on her dress and I remember seing a coloured photo of another dress with a lobster just like it..
    http://idiosyncraticfashionistas.blogspot.com/2012/01/kids-in-candy-store.html
    Scroll down to picture 16 of that post! I wonder about these lobsters? Why would anyone want to decorate an evening gown with a lobster? Fascinating..

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  10. haha! You're right about the lobsters, quite bizarre! :P

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  11. I watched a fascinating documentary last year on Wallis, based on some of her recently-discovered letters. It was a little sad actually - it seemed like she didn't originally intend for Edward to fall so heavily for her, had planned just to advance herself (and her husband) in society, and ended up finding herself trapped in a relationship. Although she was obviously fond of Edward, the documentary hinted she actually still loved Mr. Simpson.

    xx Charlotte
    Tuppence Ha'penny Vintage

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  12. oh, that is -so- sad!! :( She was such a fascinating person. I really want to read more about her. I did wonder why she divorced her husband before marrying Edward. There are a few movies about her and Edward on netflix that I'm dying to find time to watch!

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