June 2019


Welcome to The Arts Society Horsham
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 10:45
The Capitol
North Street Horsham RH12 1RG

Les Parisiennes is a story of women's lives during the dark years of Nazi occupation and beyond. 

Les Parisiennes is a story of women's lives during the dark years of Nazi occupation and beyond. It includes British and American women caught in Paris and native-born resisters who were eventually sent to camps; couturiers and jewellers, some of whom flourished in wartime, as well as actors, singers, night club dancers and housewives. The lecture opens with a circus ball held by Elsie de Wolfe at the magnificent Villa Trianon; many of the guests could not believe that war was imminent. It ends with Christian Dior's lavish New Look in 1947, and a perfume, Miss Dior, named after his sister Catherine, who only just survived a prison camp and never wanted to talk about her experiences.

All lectures are held at the Capitol Theatre Horsham, and start at 10:45 promptly. They last for one hour.


Mrs Anne Sebba

Biographer, historian and author of eleven books who lectures to a variety of audiences in the US and UK, including the English Speaking Union, Royal Overseas League, National Trust, British Library and Imperial War Museum. A former Reuters foreign correspondent, Anne is now a broadcaster - she presented a BBC R3 documentary about the pianist Harriet Cohen and for Radio 4 the documentary Who was Joyce Hatto? she regularly appears on television talking about her books, mostly biographies including Jennie Churchill, William Bankes, Laura Ashley and Wallis Simpson. The latter, published as That Woman, was an international bestseller. Her latest book is a history of Paris between 1939-49 through women's eyes published in 2016 as Les Parisiennes How the women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s. Anne is a former chair of Britain's 9,000 strong Society of Authors.