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Name: Susan Lea
Class attended each week:  Alignment & Core Pilates with Instructor Jane Hamilton

Originally from the Nottingham area, Susan moved to Jersey some 25 years ago. Over the past 10 years she has been a regular user of the facilities at Les Quennevais Sports Centre and in particular enjoys Jane Hamilton's Alignment & Core Pilates classes on Tuesday mornings.  Having tried various classes over the years, including Tai Chi, Susan confesses that her favorite activities are Pilates and gardening! 

This very elegant lady has an extremely interesting background, having been a Haut Couture model at Fortnum and Mason, Piccadilly, London, during the post WW11 era.  Speaking about those times when the world seemed to turn at a slower pace than they do today, Susan recalled a special memory of having been invited to dine with a Maharaja (a Sanskrit title for a "great ruler", "great king" or "high king") at Maxim's in Paris.  Founded in 1893 by a former waiter, Maxim's became one of the most popular and fashionable restaurants in Paris under its second owner, Eugene Cornuché, who gave the dining room its Art Nouveau decor and made sure that it was always filled with beautiful women.

When recently visiting the V&A museum in London to view a fashion collection from the House of Worth and Paquin, Susan realized that a dress she had modelled was on display.  Engaging with other people visiting the museum Susan recalled and shared her memories of modelling the "Wilt Thou Be Mine" gown.

 Extract from the V&A online description of the exhibition:

Over the last few years I have been working through a remarkable collection of over 9,700 fashion designs from the House of Paquin. Covering the period from Winter 1897 to Winter 1953-54, these designs (many bound in impressively hefty volumes) were acquired in 1957 following the 1956 disestablishment of the Paris House of Worth, who in 1953 had merged with Paquin.  For the purposes of this introduction and overview, I have chosen to focus on tailored daywear following the theme of the first and last designs to be accessioned.

In May 2016 Susan will celebrate her 87th birthday.  Everyone at Les Quennevais, including fellow class goers and members of the Sports Team are inspired by Susan's continued commitment and attendance at class. Congratulations Susan, you are an inspiration.



Written by Colin Stanier at 09:00

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