the jewel thief

"I knew how to dress,"
said Ms. Payne.

"I never did like ruffles and frills.
I just like a simple-cut fine material
that moves when I move."

No one sums up
fashion better than:

Doris Payne

The now 77 yr old thief
recounts her 5-decades of
stealing diamonds.

Doris pocketed her first
diamond at 27 and says
the trick of the trade
is pure & simple:

grace and elegance

She cited gone with the wind
as her inspiration to dress so
immaculate and chic.

nothing too elaborate.
a wide-brimmed hat
or a well-cut dress
would do the


other possible influences?

Maggie Cheung in Irma Vep. 1996
Louis Feuillade's Les Vampires. 1915
and Bonnie Parker of Bonnie & Clyde. 1967


ola said...

your posts are really interesting, fully connected. i just ordered ghost. thanks

juliet small ernst said...

jewel thieves! some people live extraordinary lives. lovely photos, too.

Mary-Laure said...

Maggie Cheung in Irma Vep is so fabulous - she always is, I guess...

fwuitbowl said...

Wow. Irma Vep - why have I not seen that yet?? Maggie Cheung AND handwritten titles - so awesome!

Anonymous said...

doris payne rules! i can't wait for the movie with halle berry. i always loved spy and theif movies like to catch a thief. CLASSIC!