Dorothy Whipple, meet Julia Louis-Dreyfus



Anyone who likes Persephone is bound to like the publisher’s colorful endpapers and bookmarks unique to each title.

Imagine my surprise as I watching the moderatly funny sitcom “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and said outloud “Persephone!” The show’s star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine from Seinfeld) was wearing a print dress that absolutely had to have been inspired by the vintage fabric used for the endpapers for Dorothy Whipple’s The Priory.  Unfortunately this is the best image I was able to find of the episode, but I still think you can see the link between Julia’s dress and the vintage pattern.

The original pattern is ‘Wychwood’, a 1939 design by Noldi Soland for Helios.

Part of the joke is that she over did it on the fake tan. Hence the orange skin.

8 thoughts on “Dorothy Whipple, meet Julia Louis-Dreyfus

  1. Paperback Reader May 8, 2010 / 5:41 am

    Ha, it is very similar!

    Verity had a similar Eureka! moment recently whilst watching Sophie Dahl's Voluptuous Delights cookery show, when Ms Dahl was reading Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (I *think* it was the Orla Keily fabric hardcover edition for Virago's 30th Anniversary for VMC).

    I would love the Cheerful Weather for the Wedding fabric in a dress or skirt.


  2. Mrs. B. May 8, 2010 / 6:35 am

    Ha, ha Thomas! I can just see you shouting that. You've got Persephone on the brain.


  3. Katherine May 8, 2010 / 11:02 am

    Yes, it looks very similar! i do love the fabrics that Persephone chooses for its endpapers. I'm reading Still Missing right now and I love the fabric they chose, which is a late-1970s knit pattern, in purple and white with some orange flecks mixed in.


  4. Aarti May 8, 2010 / 11:56 am

    How fitting! I still have yet to see a Persephone book in the flesh, as it were, but I mostly look forward to those pretty patterns!


  5. Ti May 8, 2010 / 11:17 pm

    That's a very close match. You have a good eye.


  6. skirmishofwit May 9, 2010 / 5:09 am

    Ha, how funny! It does look very similar. Hmm, I'd love some blouses made from prints of Persephone endpapers!


  7. Thomas at My Porch May 9, 2010 / 9:39 am

    Paperback Reader: Speaking of cooking and Excellent Women, I just discovered there is a Barbara Pym Cookbook that was published in the 1970s. It has Americanized recipes of food found in her novels. As soon as we move I am ordering a copy of that.

    Mrs B: Well I do have an amazing mind for detail. It means my husband never gets away with anything.

    Katherine: I don't have Still Missing but Persephone sent the bookmark for it out with their latest biannually. I loved how different it was from previous bookmarks.

    Books Sliced and Diced: As I watched it I knew it wasn't identical, the blues are different, there is a slightly different use of black. But so obviously inspired by the original. I would love to find out who made the dress. Although it is clear they probably don't give credit for their inspiration because nothing comes up on the Web.

    Aarti: I was the same way until my first order came. Even with all the pictures online I couldn't quite figure out what they would be like in person.

    Ti: As I mentioned above, my husband thinks it is a bit of a curse–for him.

    Skirmish of Wit: Not surprisingly I wouldn't want a shirt made of Persephone patterns. I'm not that gay. But I certainly agree that bringing back some of them would make for great women's wear.


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