Edie: An American Biography. Edie Sedgwick hosted a dinner party at the Boston Ritz, ordered her favorite "roast beef with lots of Russian dressing," then tipped 100% on her father's charge account, before climbing on the table and singing "Loads of (lovely) Love."
When I saw these stunning gowns from the Russian ballet (in the latest Selvedge magazine) Les servants roses et rouges, Russian dressing took on a new meaning. This is just a sample from a gorgeous photographic story in the November/December Selvedge. Although these beautiful dresses were constructed for the stage, I could see any of these worn for day or evening.
Russian dressing has also been on my mind because, in a burst of energy the other weekend, I made my children's teachers some holiday gifts. Here they are, mini Russian nesting dolls made from felt and embroidery. Each doll's hair colour and style resembles the appropriate teacher's coiffure. Those are French knots around the scarves.
Now that I see them on our tree (which we just cut down and put up today), I'll have to scramble to make my own set. (This is a hazard of making gifts.)