1 vols. 12mo. Gilt decorated green leather with raised spine bands, spine ends chipped. Item #311187
A volume of signatures and occasional inscriptions by 83 noted female journalists of the 1940s. Laid in is an original ink drawing that is likely to be a caricature of Kirkland.
Sally Kirkland, to whom the volume is dedicated, was a manager at Lord & Taylor, a fashion editor at Vogue magazine, and the only fashion editor at LIFE magazine between 1947 and 1969. Her career spanned several decades, and she is known as the first fashion editor to do multiple-model sittings, some of which spanned multiple pages of LIFE magazine.
The signatures found in this volume often include the name of the publication for which the signee worked, such as "Ida Jane Randolph, Richmond News Leader," or "Wilma Tait, Canadian Home Journal Toronto." While many of the signatures are simply names and publications, some include inscriptions wishing Kirkland and her longtime lover a happy 25th anniversary, or wishing Kirkland continued success in her career, such as "Our hats are off to you and Serge in Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary" or "May we keep coming for 25 years to see your hats and wish you happiness on your fiftieth!" from Dorothy Parnell of the Milwaukee Sentinel.
This volume provides a fascinating look at the world of female journalism in the 1940s, a world in which Kirkland was a leading figure in the realm of fashion and design. It also hints at a scandalous, if apparently openly-known affair between Sally Kirkland and Serge Obolensky, a Russian-American aristocrat, New York socalite and publicist whose full name was Prince Sergei Platonovich Obolensky Neledinsky-Meletzky. Both were married to other people at the time of this volume's creation.
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