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discovering this similarity between my father and me because I didn’t know we shared the same talents and weaknesses. His writings were both literary and poetic. I have always been thankful to him because he passed down his skills to me,” she says. Indeed, she often quotes her father throughout the book, and the similarities in their prose (or perhaps the translation) is stark. “To love beautiful things and to love only them, to have an instinctive feel for what’s authentic and what’s fake, to choose the best among the worst, is a real gift from the fairies that fortunately falls to the poor as well as to the rich,” he said. “There is something that one either has or doesn’t have and that cannot be learned: a sense of proportion… quality and proportion are, to my mind, the two most important factors in design.” Aside from providing a somewhat whimsical perspective on her father’s vision and ventures (as well as those not so rose-tinted observations about her mother), the book is also visually inspiring, full of exclusive archived material of Rochas’ iconic perfume bottles, objects and creations. “Marcel Rochas produced masterpieces,” writes Sophie. “Readers will choose their own favourites among the designs shown in the page of the tribute. Timeless, unrivalled, and unpredictable, Marcel Rochas continues to haunt the work of his house.” n

Marcel Rochas: Designing French Glamour by Sophie Rochas (with photography by Francis Hammond), £60, published 8 June by Flammarion Paris and distributed by Thames & Hudson

which, in its very excesses, condemns and paves the way for the advent of the following one.” An influential figure in Parisian life, Sophie Rochas has had an interesting career herself, moving between interior design (she decorated the ÉlyséeMatignon, a luxury nightspot between 1974 and 1985) and journalism, working at Elle magazine at the start of the 1960s, not to mention her adventures as the queen of Paris nightlife. While providing a fascinating perspective on her father’s business and the couture industry, Sophie says it’s more what she wasn’t able to discover that interests her. Through her research she found by chance her father’s school report from where he studied at the Lycée Condorcet, a school founded in 1803 in Paris whose alumni include the poet Paul Verlaine and novelist and critic Marcel Proust. “Thanks to this unexpected document, I discovered that my father was very good at French literature but also very bad at mathematics. I was particularly moved

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