The fashions of the 1930s were stylish and elegant, with flowing lines and Paris-based coutures. Since many women could not afford to update their wardrobes, women changed their look by resorting to alterations to exemplify the oversized fashion of the 1930s.
Jean Cocteau and Jean Marais, photographed by Cecil Beaton.
Both Cocteau and Marais decided to stay in Paris during the Nazi occupation in spite of the great danger; everyone knew that they were a gay couple. Cocteau had some powerful admires who protected the two of them, even when Marais punched a collaborationist critic for writing a bad review of one of Cocteau’s plays. Their names were dragged through the mud in the Nazi controlled press, but they were never arrested or set off to a concentration camp. Marais claimed he tried to join the Resistance but was rejected for being gay. Apparently it had more to do with his reputation for speaking openly, a trait that could have had deadly consequences. After the war Cocteau and Marais made many remarkable films together, including Beauty and the Beast (1946), Les Parents Terribles (1948) and Orpheus (1949).
It wasn’t unusual to find gay couples in Paris at the time, but it was unusual to find one who were living together, working together, traveling and vacationing together so openly like a married couple. How many closeted Hollywood movie stars still don’t have the nerve to live openly like Cocteau and Marais managed to do 75 years ago? Unlike Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Tolkas, Cocteau and Marais never bothered being discreet. They were unapologetic about who they were; therefore it could be stated that they were the first modern gay couple.
HAPPY FRIDAY. RIDE YOUR BIKE THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. That’s the 25th Infantry up there. We think it’s worth your while to read about them. Get to know them. Here’s a link. http://bicyclecorps.blogspot.com
Oh, and have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend.