p.o.w. the escape


Above, Gertrude Sanford, portrait by William Orpen, 1922. Sanford was a socialite, big game hunter, and P.O.W. who escaped the Nazis during WWII.

For her  portrait, 20 year old Sanford posed in a lilac Fortuny Delphos gown. Over the gown she wears a malachite green stenciled tunic, also possibly by Fortuny. Below left is a Mint Green Fortuny stenciled coat owned and worn by Sanford [in the collection of the Charleston Museum]. At right, a violet Peplos from the Museo del Traje, similar to the gown Sanford wears.