Courir le jupon

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.

raquel-welch-in-a-pierre-cardin-outfitToday’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.



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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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1 Response to Courir le jupon

  1. How nostalgic, great post (:

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