I know you are familiar with the famous Proust Questionnaire which was created, by a list of very specific questions, to expose one’s true personality. (More on the background of Proust’s involvement in the histoire, next week.) It is a most effective and amusing way to discover certain character traits of the responder as not onlyVanity Fair, but also James Lipton on the TV program, Inside the Actors’ Studio, discovered.
Both were apparently inspired by Bernard Pivot who hosted one of France’s most iconic television programs, Apostrophes, where authors were invited to talk about their latest books. The program was fascinating, lively, intellectually stimulating and fun. Most of us rue the past tense of the verb.
Figaro Madame magazine also features the questionnaire. Last week ready-to-wear designer, Vanessa Bruno, took the test. The final question was: “What is your motto?
|Examples of Bruno’s softly sophisticated designs from her spring/summer collection. Among her loyal fans are: Charlotte Rampling, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Vanessa Paradis.|
“Be good to yourself,” she said, in English. All of her other responses were in French.
I thought I would leave you with that excellent piece of advice. Do “be good to yourself.”