Mary Quant did a lot for fashion in the ’60s, but she didn’t invent the jumpsuit (Miniskirt mayhem! Nine Ways Mary Quant Revolutionized Women’s Clothing – and Lives, Oct. 28). My WWII sewing book features an all-in-one called the “Home and Emergency Trouser Suit,” with a hood and front zipper for dressing up quickly in air raids. These were also known as mermaid costumes. Winston Churchill wore one with pinstripes.
St Albans, Hertfordshire
It is a sad day for a committed Republican to say that the representative of the monarch spoke with more conviction, incisor and vision than the Prime Minister of this country (Cop26 ‘literally the living room of the last chance’ to save the planet – Prince Charles, October 31).
Linguists should have waited until the end of Cop26 to decide on the word of the year (‘Vax’ chosen as the word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary, October 31). Waffle would have been a serious contender.
Regarding Charles Harris’ letter (October 29) on raspberry picking in North London, my wife still does the same here in Inverness. There are indeed a few left to pick on November 1st.
In Blind Date (October 30), Fred refers to “a herd of 30 bankers”. The correct collective name for bankers is a wunch.
I, too, am “Metaverse” for Facebook (Letters, October 31) and will remain that way until Meta undergoes a fundamental makeover.