Elizabeth Taylor was “one great Dame.” The British government saw fit to bestow upon her the title Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. In all respects, though, she fit the (perhaps politically incorrect but no less appropriate) bill of a great dame, a woman who knew herself completely and made no apologies for being herself.
Celine Marie Claudette Dion is a worldwide phenomenon due to her amazing voice and the promotional savvy of her late husband, Rene Angelil. Her story however is not that of a woman made great by a man, but rather of a woman who stood in partnership with her husband to establish her position and her brand in the entertainment industry.
Cross-stitching and other needlework arts were largely the domain of women in the early ages. Tapestries adorned cold castle walls, while delicate embroidery on garments and furnishings were desired by the lord and lady of the manor. The first fashion houses in the 19th century employed legions of talented and often overworked women to decorate haute couture for the more economically advantaged. Continue reading