Gertrude Stein Phone Home

My aunt and cousin, Gertrude.

I just read, in the NYTimes, a fashion column by Cathy Horyn. Commenting on a “private” couture show, she said:

Privé, in case you’re wondering, means private in French, which is a strange term for one as publicity-minded as Mr. Armani. Did you know that Gertrude Stein had her telephone number listed in the Paris directory? She did. An American lady decided to give it a try. When she got Miss Stein on the phone, she blurted out that she had just moved to the neighborhood. Ms. Stein said she’d be right over.

So you see what a rubber chicken “privé” is.”

Actually, I don’t see what this story about Cousin Gertrude has to do with “privé,.”  Do you?  If so, let me know.  Gertrude had no desire for privacy (and if she did the occasions were rare indeed). I love it that Gertrude, who had a very strange fashion sense, is quoted in this couture article. But I should mention that she and Alice did have some of their idiosyncratic clothes designed and made by a friend, Pierre Balmain. See Hans Gallas’  Note that my Aunt Ellen (aka Awi) is knitting in this picture!

Where is this rocking chair now?  Kate? Anyone?

BTW, rubber chicken?! Hwaet?


About Stein Ink

Gertrude Stein's cousin. Writer, Reader, Knitter. STARR Restaurant Reporter and Virtual Travel Editor for the Tri-City Voice, serving communities East of the Bay (as in San Francisco Bay Area). Married with one wife, one small dog, and an irritable cat. Raised on the East Coast, where they have an "edge" not found out here in California. Two grown children: good men with families.
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2 Responses to Gertrude Stein Phone Home

  1. your sister says:

    The big rocking chair tha Gertrude is sitting in is in my living room.

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