• Short Summary

    Don Philippe drapes fabric on a lady to create new dresses in lightning time.

  • Description

    Titles read: "Now Pathetone Presents - DON PHILIPPE & PARTNER in 'MODES WHILE YOU WAIT!'".

    London, probably Pathe Studio.

    A woman in a floral dress walks onto the set and starts to sing 'After The Ball' in soprano voice. Don Philippe stops her and says "You can't sing old-fashioned songs wrapped up in wallpaper". She replies she can sing in anything, so he unzips her dress and takes it off (saucy!), leaving her in some rather garish camiknickers - she laughs and carries on singing. He then takes some fabric and drapes it around her, pinning it in place to create a Victorian-style dress with a bustle, and puts a cape and hat on her. Philippe puts on a bowler hat and false whiskers and they dance a polka.

    We then see Philippe winding some striped material around the woman, tucking it in over the shoulders and creating a dress without a single pin. He adds a small hat and bag to the outfit and the pair walk off, hand in hand. It takes him a little longer to drape and pin a bridal gown on the woman, with added veil and bouquet.

    Cataloguer's note: I think there were other 'specialty acts' on the variety circuit involved draping fabric on models. See also EP 035 'A While You Wait Frock', EP 041 'M'Lady's Dress - While She Waits' and EP 072 'Lightening Fashions'.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:51:10:00 / 01:54:05:00
    PT 559

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