WWII’s Campest Spy

BBC: Wartime role of Queen’s dressmaker. ‘Details have emerged about the wartime activities of the Queen’s dressmaker Sir Hardy Amies, who died last month aged 93.’

Apparently, he served with the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in Brussels, liaising with the Belgian resistance. During this time, he organised a photo-shoot for Vogue magazine featuring members of the resistance movement posing for photographs!

Seems he got away with it, though — another officer writes in his file:

‘However, it is not for me to reason why, but no doubt the profile of Lt.Col Amies in the next issue of the Vogue will cause a flutter in many feminine hearts when they realise that their handsome couturier is, after all, the Scarlet Pimpernel of this war.’
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