Harrods with a French Accent: Vogue 1986
It’s Harrods with a French Accent
Images scanned by Catwalk Threads from British Vogue, March 1986
Harrods, arguably the most famous upmarket department store in the world, was established in 1824 by Charles Henry Harrod. The store has had a long association with fashion designers through the decades, so it’s interesting to see who they were promoting back in 1986. I was particularly attracted to this striking illustration which is signed ‘RAZZIA’ or is it ‘PAZZIA’? Sadly, I’ve been unable to find a fashion illustrator with said name, so if you know who it is, please let me know; I love their work!
The wide, dramatic shoulders are so reminiscent of the mid to late 1980s, although I must say, the hat reminds me very much of the ‘New Romantic‘ look that was around during the latter part of the 1970s into 1981.
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Note: Information for Christian Dior and Givenchy is courtesy of the Vintage Fashion Guild’s Label Resource and written by my dear friend, Lizzie, of The Vintage Traveler. If you haven’t discovered her fabulous blog yet, I urge you to do so, and make sure you sign-up for e-mail updates. Interestingly, her latest post is about New York’s most famous department store, Bergdorf Goodman, celebrating 112 years in business. Who’d have known?
Interesting Fact: At the time of publication in 1986, the owner of Harrods, Mohamed Al-Fayed, was threatening legal action against a person with the surname of Harrod, who had used the name “Harrod’s” for his shop in the small town of Otorohanga, New Zealand. Following the threat of lawsuits, and in support of its local citizen, the town briefly changed its name to “Harrodsville” with many other local businesses proposing to change their business name to Harrod’s.
The British press had a ‘field-day’ with the story and subsequently lampooned Al-Fayed, which in turn resulted in him dropping the action. The town’s response raised widespread media interest, with the BBC World Service and newspapers around the world covering the story.
Georges Rech started his luxury French fashion house in 1960. He has boutiques in London, Paris, Dusseldorf, Montreal, Moscow, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Toronto. In 2001 Rech International acquired the Paris house of Guy Laroche. Georges Rech makes chic elegant dresses, suits and beachwear.