I remember this comic strip by Annie Goetzinger which recounted the story of Aurore Dupin. My aunt and godmother Frédérique had it in her inexhaustible collection of books, magazines, catalogs. And when my sister and I went to her house to draw, I always grabbed this volume. I see the colors again, very 19th century, aged pink, ocher, purple and burgundy. Erotic scenes between her and elegant-looking men in frilled shirts who hugged her through her petticoats and cumbersome crinolines. And then this unusual story of a woman taking a man's first name. Even though at the time - I must have been 9 or 10 years old - I didn't really understand its meaning, it piqued my interest.

An illustrious character from the 19th century, with such a romantic soul, she wants several lives, tirelessly entangling passionate loves and political convictions. She is one of the rare women of this tumultuous century to have benefited from notoriety. We find it today at 10 rue Chaptal in Paris; the Museum of Romantic Life dedicates an entire room to him, illustrating pieces of his history. She is of course a central pivot of the Bonâme collection, from which she inspired the romantic Aurore dress but also the range of George blouses and shirts which suit both men and women.

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