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Ginette Spanier

Ginette Spanier
Born (1904-03-07)7 March 1904
Died April 1988 (aged 83–84)
London, England
Residence Paris, France
Nationality French
Occupation Director of a fashion-house
Years active 1947-1976
Employer House of Balmain
Spouse(s) Paul-Emile Seidmann

Ginette Spanier (1904 - 1988) was director of the House of Balmain, a Paris fashion-house, and was decorated for her wartime work.

Early life

Spanier was born in Paris on 7 March 1904 and raised in Hampstead, London, England and attended Frognal School there.[1]

War years

While in Paris as a buyer for Fortnum & Mason, she met Paul-Emile Seidmann, a doctor. In 1939, they married.[1] Shortly afterwards, during World War II, they fled Nazi-occupied Paris by bicycle. She was subsequently decorated for assisting the American Army of Liberation.[1] Seidmann was made a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur for his work with concentration camp survivors.[1]

Balmain

She was subsequently directrice (director) at Balmain from 1947 to 1976.[1] The first of her two volumes of autobiography, It isn't All Mink (1959), had a foreword by Noel Coward.[2]

She appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 21 June 1965.[3]

Death

She retired, a widow, to London, and died there in April 1988.[1]

Bibliography

  • —— (1959). It isn't All Mink. 
  • —— (1970). And Now it's Sables. Robert Hale. ISBN 978-0709135067. 
  • —— (1976). Long Road to Freedom The story of her life under the German Occupation. Robert Hale. ISBN 978-0709155928. 

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Rubinstein, William D.; Jolles, Michael; Rubinstein, Hilary L. (2011-03-15). The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 942. ISBN 9781403939104. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  2. Spanier, Ginette (1959). It isn't All Mink. 
  3. "Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Ginette Spanier". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 

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