The story of Eloise the name. There are a number of Eloises of note. People think I'm named after two famous Eloises, but they weren't the inspiration for my mother. Highbrow types think it's the French Heloise (will learn the umlaut and accent later) of Heloise and Abelard. This Heloise (same pronunciation) was an intellectual nun who learned Theology at the hands of the hottest theologer of his time, Peter Abelard. They fell in love and she had his child but she didn't marry him. She became a high-achieving nun; a Reverend Mother. In those days it was the equivalent of becoming CEO in a large corporation.
The more rock types think it's 'that song by the Damned'.. It goes "I want to please my Eloise". It's a good song but was released shortly After I was born.
In fact, I'm named after Eloise, the girl who lived in the Plaza. It's a wonderful book written in the 50s by Kay Thompson with hilarious illustrations by Hilary Knight. She's six years old and is quite a character, running riot all over the Plazas of New York, London, Paris and Moscow. An excellent read for any age. The only sad thing is that her mother, who is a friend of the Plaza owner, is frightfully rich and obviously doesn't really care for little Eloise. However, Nanny does make up for this.
What's the fashion angle then? Well, Nanny is this old fashioned English lady. Eloise's description of her:
"Nanny is my nurse
She wears tissue paper in her dress
and you can hear it
She is English and has 8 hairpins
made out of bones
She says that's all she needs in
this life for Lord's sake"
She wears silk blouses and lined skirts. I love the thought that Eloise thinks the lining is tissue paper. You can just imagine this old English lady with fully lined clothes which rustle a bit when she walks. It must remind me of my grandmother or something but it's always made me laugh tenderly.
On the subject of the other Eloise, Heloise. If you are interested and it's not too late.. I can't recommend 'In Extremis' at the London Globe theatre.