This is the revolutionary costume. I never wear this in East Hampton

Fashion icon Edith Bouvier aka “ Little Edie”, born in 1917, was a  fashionmodel, socialite and cabaret performer. She was the First cousin of  Jackie Kennedy Onasis. Through the years she grew from being an ordinary model modeling for Macy’s, apiring actress and singer…. to the utterly exentric ,”knows best kinda girl, wrapped up in garments you just cant box up and label”. She turned herself effortlesly in to the number one cult fashion icon. In 1952 she returned to live with her mother ” Big Edie” with whom she had a disfunctional relationship,  in the East Hampton estate Grey Gardens, after trying to establish a career for herself in New York. Little time later mother and daughter found out that the Bouvier Fund was stolen bij Big Edies brother. They both ended up with 300 dollars to live on per month. Eventually Jackie Kennedy intervened and saved her relatives from living in poverty and isolation. This was documented by the Maysles brothers in “ Grey gardens” ( 1975). In 2009 there was an HBO movie made about the making of the documentary in 1975, also named “Grey Gardens” that won an Emmy. It starred Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange. In 2007 Marc Jacobs created the Little Edie Bag and in 2001 Rufus Wainwright wrote a song about Grey Gardens. Poet Joel Allegretti was also inspired by the story when he wrote ‘ The Belles of Grey Gardens”.

The Belles of Grey Gardens

I’m going to get naked in just a minute, so you better watch out!
You can always take off the skirt and use it as a cape.
My God, my muscles! They’re gone, with this soft life.
I think my days at Grey Gardens are limited.

You can always take off the skirt and use it as a cape.
This is the revolutionary costume. I never wear this in East Hampton.
I think my days at Grey Gardens are limited.
It’s very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present.

This is the revolutionary costume. I never wear this in East Hampton.
Horrors! Somebody’s removing the books from my room!
It’s very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present.
I only cared about three things: the Catholic Church, swimming and dancing.

Horrors! Somebody’s removing the books from my room!
I’m mad about animals, but raccoons and cats become a little boring.
I only cared about three things: the Catholic Church, swimming and dancing.
God, if you knew how I felt; I’m ready to kill!

I’m mad about animals, but raccoons and cats become a little boring.
My God, my muscles! They’re gone, with this soft life.
God, if you knew how I felt; I’m ready to kill!
I’m going to get naked in just a minute, so you better watch out!

This pantoum consists entirely of dialogue spoken by Edith “Big Edie” Beale and Edith “Little Edie” Beale in the documentary “Grey Gardens” (1976), directed by Albert and David Maysles.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s