Guess what’s turning 50? The mini-skirt. While it was invented across la Manche (the English Channel) by Mary Quant, the festivities are going to be in full swing this weekend at the Marché aux Puces Saint-Ouen in Paris. Each vintage clothing dealer has the opportunity to showcase his or her best examples in a fashion show on Sunday at 3 pm. You can also stop by a Pierre Cardin exhibit of the best of his designs plus vintage accessories.
Today’s expression courir le jupon (koorear luh sjoopohn) means to be a skirt-chaser or womanizer. A jupon is actually a petticoat, rather than a skirt, or jupe. My sister used to love miniskirts in the 70s – and my parents didn’t. They’d approve her skirt length and then she’d surreptitiously raise the skirt hem an inch at a time. She got lots of sewing experience over the years, and perhaps some running experience keeping ahead of the skirt-chasers.