A NIGHT OF HIGH FASHION AT THE IVOIRE HOTEL IN ABIDJAN LAST WEEK - AND FOR THE FIRST TIME AN AMATEUR MODEL FROM THE IVORY COAST TOOK PART INT EH DISPLAY ALONGSIDE FRENCH AMATEUR MODELS.
A NIGHT OF HIGH FASHION AT THE IVOIRE HOTEL IN ABIDJAN LAST WEEK - AND FOR THE FIRST TIME AN AMATEUR MODEL FROM THE IVORY COAST TOOK PART INT EH DISPLAY ALONGSIDE FRENCH AMATEUR MODELS. SHE IS LILIANE CLERY, A 23-YEAR OLD SECRETARY.
AMONG THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS IN THE LAVISH "SALLE DES FETES" WAS IVORY COAST DEFENCE MINISTER BLE M'BAHIA.
THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE SHOW WAS THE MODELLING OF FRENCH-VERSION MINI-SKIRTS. BY BRITISH STANDARDS THEY WERE VERY MODEST, BUT THE MAKERS ALLOW FOR EVEN-MORE BASHFULNESS BY PROVISING A HEM FOR LENGTHENING.
MISS CLERY RECEIVED COMMENDATION FROM THE GUESTS AS SHE MODELLED A VARIETY OF DRESSES, INCLUDING A PYJAMA SUIT AND A VERY FINE COCKTAIL DRESS.
A fashion show was recently held ( 24/11/66 ) in the lavish salle des fetes of the Ivoire hotel in Abidjan. Current French fashions in the ready made class were shown off by several local French amateur models and for the first time an Ivorien girl too. She too is an amateur, she is Liliane CLERY, 23 yrs old and is a full time secretary. High Light of the show were the French version Minis, which by British standards are very modest...yet each of these long-minis has enough hem to permit further lengthening, should the buyer so wish. Amongst the guests were several Ivorian personalities with their wives, also Defense minister ble M'BAHIA. Film shows the actual parade with concentration on the Ivorian girl. Also dressing room scenes with all the fuss that goes with make up and touching up of hair. Also some revolving shots with the lovely traditional head scarves. About 90 different dresses were shown designed to suit the average local European pocket but far too high for the ordinary Ivorien girl, unless she is a big shot's wife, who can pay the price and be daring enough under the protection of his position to wear ' scandelous fashion '. If an ordinary Ivorien girl walked down the street wearing such things, her compatriots would immediately assume that she is a whore. With all the glitter I saw, there really was nothing to cater for the Ivoriens' taste. The whole affair seems to have been geared for the 30,000 odd French in the Ivory Coast, without taking into consideration the local population. At least 1500 people attended.
Film is self explanatory. Am sure the local TV would love 3-4 minutes with emphasis on the fuss around the Ivorien girl.
In Roll No.2. Defense Minister Ble M'BAHIA is shown in black tuxedo puffing a cigarette.
Mini-Casette has natural sound of piano playing, female announcer crowd applauding and general noises. When the crowd goes Oh Oooh mutters and applauds, thats for Liliane CLERY. Also included are recordings of talk, and calling for next entry etc in the changing room. Tape ends with a woman calling for Madame Depons...one of the seamstresses.
SYNOPSIS: A NIGHT OF HIGH FASHION AT THE IVOIRE HOTEL IN ABIDJAN LAST WEEK. MODELS WERE SHOWING CURRENT FRENCH FASHIONS IN A DISPLAY WHICH ATTRACTED A DISTINGUISHED AUDIENCE OF MORE THAN FIFTEEN HUNDRED. THIS STYLIST WAS ENSURING THAT NOT A HAIR WAS OUT OF PLACE IN AN IMAGINATIVE COIFFURE.
THE MODELS PARADE, AND IVORY COAST DEFENCE MINISTER BLE M'BAHIA ENJOYS A RESPITE FROM OFFICIAL DUTIES.
IT WAS A VERY SPECIAL NIGHT FOR TWENTY-THREE YEAR-OLD SECRETARY LILIANE CLERY. HER APPEARANCE IN THE SHOW MARKED THE FIRST TIME THAT A GIRL FROM THE IVORY COAST HAD MODELLED ALONGSIDE OTHER AMATEURS IN ABIDJAN. MOST MODELS COME FROM FRANCE. BUT SHE LOOKED GREAT IN A PYJAMA-SUIT.
LILIANE MODELS A FRENCH-VERSION MINI-SKIRT. THESE ARE MODEST BY BRITISH STANDARDS, AND EVEN ALLOW A LONG HEM FOR LENGTHENING. BUT NORMALLY IT WOULD BE UNUSUAL FOR AN IVORY COAST GIRL TO WEAR ANYTHING LIKE A MINI-SKIRT.
FINALLY A STUNNING COCKTAIL DRESS, CHARMINGLY PRESENTED BY THE NEW YOUNG MODEL.