Photographed by Norman Parkinson
For Vogue, May 1959 - Maternity: Fresh Approach To Coming Events
Lady Clare Rendlesham (d.1987)
The smart and notoriously formidable once fashion editor at Vogue and Queen.
Legend has it, Rendlesham parlayed the sale of some heirloom antique French gold boxes into the Yves St. Laurent franchise in Britain. She was a woman of influence who was as well known to London's fashionable set as she was disliked. As fashion journalist Brenda Polan recalled, ...she was a monster. Most people were too scared even to talk to her.
Jocelyn Stevens, publisher of Queen, describes what happened after he had fired the formidable Rendlesham from her post in 1966 -
'I heard this extraordinary noise. She had thrown her typewriter out of the window,' he says, miming typewriter keys exploding in all directions. 'So I went downstairs and helped her. We threw everything out of her office window. There were people looking up at us, the police came. When there was nothing left in the office, we both sat on the carpet.'
'I was a gentleman,' he protests.
Clearly, a gentleman who would not be out done.
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