photo‘Claude Brouet claimed that, season after season and no matter what the period’s trend, her object had been to capture the independence of a woman strolling within cities, wearing a perfectly proportioned large, flowing overcoat, her hands cheekily stuffed into the pockets of a pair of masculine-cut trousers – ‘From solely a fashion point of view, this was obviously not particularly exciting. But was it really necessary to spend time each morning choosing an outfit according to the ever changing diktats of designers and the magazines who represented them ? Myself, I was in favour of defining a look that was liberated by clothes which made life easier. I always found it more interesting to present items which offered everyday answers, rather than a brooch which was useless’.