Sunday, 18 July 2010

Noel Coward's Slippers

Having mentioned slippers, in a recent post, here's a mention of Noel Coward and his: they were made by R. E. Tricker. The illustration shows him (in a scene with Lilian Braithwaite), wearing a pair, in the Grecian style, in a shot from his play The Vortex which, staged at the Everyman Theatre in Hampstead in 1924, marked the beginning of the rise of his star as a playwright and a performer. His dressing gowns were made by Sulka, which is set to be reborn; although the timetable, according to the current owners of the name, is unfortunately hazy. There is a pair of Coward's slippers (monogrammed in needlepoint), and a monogrammed dressing gown on show in the old Theatre Museum collection, now at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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