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  2. 2. Vol. 6 No.5 October 1980 -----------------------,------1 ~EATURES ---------- l-_ 24 FUurs: Preserving the Status Symbol By Kathleen Burns seful Advice from Area Furriers 28 The British and Washington By Simon Winchester A British Journalists View of Washington 34 Ambassador Anne Armstrong By Dorothy Marks More Summits to Conquer 36 ~oving Up By Kenneth Geremia lot YOur Next Move Now 61 T he Vase By Warren Adler~her Short Story in a Series on Washington Mores INVESTMENTDEPARTMENTS Your purchase of a fine Oriental---------------------- rug from the collection at 7 AnnabeUs File 9 ~ a~d Artists By Viola Drath ashington Project for the Arts HECHT/S offers more than meets the eye.17 Ed It is a superbly wise...investment W UC~ted Palate By Bette Taylor at an unusJally attractive price. ashmgton Wine Cellars Oriental rugs increase in value22 as they mature. Offering you a ~ign for Living By Victor Dwyer lifetime of reward as you reap39 e Country House the Herbert Hafts Built the pleasures of their beauty. ~ong Party Lines Our rugs are of o~~ara Watson Appointment, Arena Anniversary. unequa~ed quality and excellence - tage at Wolf Trap Examine them for their53 Fashion Calendar craftsmanship. Fascinating design.sa Intricate hand woven detail. These Real Estate Transactions are touchstones to quality of86 beautiful Oriental rugs. Social Calendar By Maggie Wimsatt We invite you to our gallery to select a fine rug from our collection. COVER ADD AN ORIENTAL The British and Washington are presented in this issue as seen by RUG TO YOUR Simon Winchester, a London Times columnist who is leaving our town after eight happy years. In that time he has met and known many of the INVESTMENT cast of characters who have come from the U.K. to their former colony. PORTFOLIO No Briton has had more impact on Washington than Sir Winston Chur- chill whose statue accompanies former U.S. Ambassador Anne Arm- strong on our cover. Sir Winston stands one foot on British soil and the other on U.S. territory in front of the British Embassy on Massachusetts Hechts Tysons Corner Oriental Rug Gallery Avenue where for the past several months an early-morning jogger has 8100 Leesburg Pike, McLean, Virginia placed a posy in his hand. The 1,500 pound statue was unveiled on April 9, 1966 on the third anniversary of the date on which Sir Winston was For Information About granted honorary U.S. citizenship. (photographed by Peter Garfield, Our Investment Quality Rugs Make-up by Susan Hauser.) Call (703) 893-3003 Dossier/October 1980/5.
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  4. 4. Annabells File ~ PlACET HE DOSSIER OF WASHINGTON COMMENT Master Watchmakers and jewellers ~Olt 10h lIes as Usual: Ziegler alive and well and living in pra:.S.ears, once Reagans guru, now Virginia...Rosemary Woods looking G tlclng law, being wooed by Don great. .. Victor Lasky laboring to meet t~aharn to write political stuff for deadline on Ford book ...Judy Lewis lVash lith Ington Post...Nancy Reagan, real estating ... Dick Coe, being Car~ugh. set in Middleburg, lonely for deservedly heaped with honors, is 1 100 Orma friends ... Mississippi now writing a book ..Tommy Curtis inter- lectuS~all for Hodding Carter. Hes viewing for Metromedia network ... With r~g at AU ... has a book contract Renaissance man Joe McLellan cover- Pia arpers ... Sen. Stones opponent ing Vienna Opera for WashPost ...~c~ng dirty hardball ... Church and Helen Hayes name now on NationalQObb~vern. ~till in trouble ...Linda lobby. Shes fighting to preserve theCL s qUitting ERA to help make Helen Hayes Theatre from the lIUckJOh governor ... Dr. James J. wreckers ball in Gotham ...Larry KingN llson assistant secretary of the a bitching about Whorehouse flick but-alt;: ~nder Nixon, is planning an chering ... Charlie and Algernon windy/))0 native Inaugural Ball at the Ar- blast by Times critic has angeredlie:: 2~O.OO a couple object: Prayer. Roger Stevens...True Davis hopes ThekeYn trYlOg to get Billy Graham as Black Stallion will bring the kiddies to Otero The Horse Show ... Kathleen Beer presented her painting of Prince}oealing: Philip, driving a coach and four, to undin . Contemporary time. the N g. IS not the only problem facing HRH ... Randy Reeds daughter, they atJonal Symphony...The efforts Pamela, married to Rick Amendola Rich, ribbed 18K gold. by thr~ making are being undermined ...Two Mrs. Reeds attended ... The The case and the dial. Illent el~ OWn Public Relations Depart- Cloisters in Georgetown attracting Handsomely complimented Stead ow a~out making friends in- trendy set. .. 25% already sold ... Gar- by the black lizard strap. Of and N enemIes? Splitsville for Dick finckels going English ... opening new Masterfully precise. dip I :ncy Haase and June (Popeye- Aquascutum shop... Curtain down on Handcrafted in Switzerland one ~Y~ and Tom Jackson ...Theres Beverly Malatestas Palazzo by Piaget. after elhlt~ House duo waiting until boutique...Jane Evans, new prexy at ~ader ectlons ... Hobart Taylor-Carol Mt. Vernon College ... Shes a Ph.D in ll1anda~~rger was first in Marine Com- Chinese literature. think t s house ...The Taylors are Bahalng of spending lots of time in Foreign Intrigue: ·.Ch~as. Empire Striking Back Ticketholders to the Meridian House SOtheb fistys . commg to town to give Ball scrambling for dinner seats at the SChub/ a run for their money ...The Russian Embassy ... Its a first time for for ~ t~ke-over as booking agent the Russians ... Meridian House has a I< enc atlonal still rankling new angel. Hes Robert J. Buckley, of to been ... Upper balcony of National ll1inim touted for students at bare Allegheny Ludlum. "Ill give them anything they want," he says ... Leila q)ieftYr·~art Jewelers, Inc. SUltantU~... International business con- Hakki, pretty wife of Egypts press at- Diamond Brokers • Appraisers teleph eo Welts book is literally a tache, hooked on cigars ... Big Cubans. llekin One book for Americans visiting Monday-Friday 10 to 5:30 lliair ~ ..Mary Schneck, manager of Bits n Pieces: 1710 M Street, N.W.COSt of ~~s~ couldnt keep up with the Informed sources report the new public Washington, DC 20036govern IVlOg on the tiny budget the TV magazine could lose up to $3 liz 202·872·1710teplace:ent .gave her ... she quit...her million this year ... Concern is over..l1lbtos ent. IS Ca~ol Benefield ...Myles whether the taxpayer will be subsidiz- e b})~ckin SInged m the eye at his Pig ing this commercial loss ... Moonies in- FREE PARKINGWIth Co h arbecue recovering ... Staged filtrating Boston University religious..J. C - ~sts the Ray Howars and the groups like Hillel and Christian Major Credit Cards Accepted ronlQs EI . .... ... em recovenng... Ron organizations. 0 Dossier/October 1980/7
  5. 5. Art &ArtistsWASHINGTON PROJECT FOR THE ARTS NA PROFESSIONAL FOOTINGI f you have not recently been to the WPA, otherwise known as the Yo ~ashington Project for the Arts, U will barely recognize the place. The ~ondemned building on G Street has be- d?rne light and airy. Even the once- nlsmal performing space on its third W0~r ~as been spruced up. The mood at g A IS upbeat with a schedule of pro- pr~ms to match its new direction. Occu- ~Ing the uncertain position between a th~seu~ and a commercial art gallery, lh project addresses itself not only to . e needs of "disenfranchised" Wash- Ington .o artists, the emerging talent ino~r .community, but to nationally rec-irnnl2ed artists whose work is too exper-ci ~ntal to meet the criteria of com mer-O;t galleri~s or the conceptual precepts "he.capltals museums.we With Our accent on the temporary,ge/ an do crazy things," says the ener-Co IC Al Nodal who has steered thean~rse of the WPA for a year and a halfirn ,saved the alternative space from24 mlnent demise. With a program of Ed Mayers Spiral with Two Triangles-Uneven Height, 1980, a site-specific project, wasd exhibitions_some of them out- one of the installations at WPAs exhibit-StackingIRiggingIBinding-guest curated by OOfS, smack in the middle of down- Hirshhorns Howard Fox.One of th . e most spectacular outdoor site projects is Overture - G Stnngs by Nade Haley, located at 12th and G Streets, N. W. Dos ier/Oclober /980/9
  6. 6. town Washington-the visual arts are served as well as the performing arts. During the upcoming season the WPAs grand performing space will be enlivened by dancers, poets and theater groups every weekend. Judging by its stunning experimental exhibition of sculptures "Stacking/ Rigging/Binding," curated by the Hirshhorns gifted Howard Fox this summer, the quality as well as the risks involved should be anything but rou- tine. Foxs selection of ten contempo- rary artists who set out to explore the limits of their humble materials (mostly wood) by straining them to the break- ing point, suggested intriguing esthetic perspectives. Given the properties of impermanence, like Ed Mayers phan- tasmal labyrinth of stacked wood lath or Thomas Watckes environment of itt· precariously structured two-by-fours, Thomas Watckes Untitled 1980, a 5 I the ambiguous constructivist vocabu- specific sculpture exhibited at WPA in IllY lary, probing the relationship between time and space, mass and gravity, force o and constraint, took on-not unlike the Krebs is without doubt the most inn leaning Tower of Pisa-unexpected, vative entry. Also included w.i1l b: disquieting emotional overtones. neon show, possibly involv~ng stores along G Street, OrgaOl zed II y Top-notch guest curators playa vital part in the WPAs programming. Wal- Olivia Georgia, and a wall p~inting ~b ter Hopps, the California wunderkind Dupont Circle by Sam Gl1ham. Bw. of the arts, who brought glory and Wades giant "Worlds Largest co havoc in equal measure to the Corcoran boy Boots" the 40-foot high. structure , d reo and the National Collection of Fine of pipes , wire mesh and paInte uen Arts, is organizing an exhibition of im- thane foam on G and 12th streets eY t agist sculpture. Mary Swift, current tually caught the eye of a deve1opme~ chairman of the board of directors, and company from Columbia, Maryla n s; stripe painter Gene Davis, are talents and it has proved to be the mOne who joined in April. Along with a show rewarding art site sculpture. ~or of the work of "Young Washington developers purchased the bo?ts op. Artists," visitors will be treated to $40,000 and placed them in ~helr sh rt b photography from Los Angeles and ping center in San Anto~lO. RO;n Texas. Newmans homage to "Pierre L shing Al Nodal tries to strike a balance be- fant," a sandblasted map 0 f Wa !la tween showcasing home-grown talent, ton, D.C., funded in part by the 328 which accounts for 60 percent of the tional Endowment for the Arts ~t. Is as programming, and the works of artists New York Avenue, easily quahfl e from other places. By bringing the the most subtle and beautiful. . oY a "vital flux of the avant garde into a city The art book store is another Inn nO f . like Washington" Nodal hopes to keep tion. By no means an accumulatl O it the promising younger artists from expensive coffee-table art bOOkSj eS moving to New York. features books by the artists thems e Yge The open studio which enables the in small editions. With each pa e public to visit the studios of local ar- designed with special love and carr; tists, will be repeated. The WPA pro- these books are collectors items, art vides maps. Last winter 23 artists par- ob]ects and first-rate presents for. ag thin . ticipated in this successful outreach lovers and people who have every re program aimed at a public not in the It is, of course, no accident that th: c habit of going to galleries and mu- is new life in the old WPA. "To be as seums. Once more, art site projects and cessible, to be eclectic and to take of large-scale environmental outdoor many risks as possible" is the cred.OnO sculptures, will playa prominent part. the 30-year old Adolpha Victor~e~ Among the five monumental three-di- Nodal. In order to keep the u.tmos t ce mensional works, a prism piece by the ibility and provide artists With a spabe well-known laser-beam artist Rockne where they can do what they want,IO/October /980/Dossier
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  8. 8. eY 01 Al Nodal, WPA s energetic young director chats with Jack Pitcher and Carolyn RarnS the opening benefit this past summer. . t s renee will see to it that the store next put together a board of dlrec. or d t the door-until November on duty as an ting his wide-ranging g~a.ls alme ~ash election headquarters-is eventually extension of opportUnitIeS for first converted into an artist-run artists an- ingtons budding artists. For the ard nex, courtesy of the Department of time poets (Ethelbert Miller of H~~ 9 Housing and Urban Development. University and Carolyn peac Yt~rs If finally after five years of existence, dancer (Maida Withers), cur)a and the WPA has shed its last vestiges of ar- (Howard Fox, Walter HoPps. en 9 tiness and gained a professional profile theater critic Gary Glover were glV s ces . as an important showplace for the arts vOIce In t h e d eCISlOn-ma klng pro tyS . . .. in the nations capital, it is thanks to the Thirdly, he built up the com~un~s II enormous artistic energies and manag- support by initiating the "Fne~on~S erial skills of its director and his crew of There are 60 of them noW. As a theY SO six who do not mind working extra for their annual donations .of $2 famed hours. In contrast to the ego-trippers may choose a silkscreen pnnt by or 9 who drift in and out of the art scene Gene Davis or Stephen LudlumWhile these days, anxiously guarding their photograph by Mark powers. ctio JlS territory, Nodal, who holds an M.A. in the Friends fund raisers and ~~e seed museum studies from San Francisco barely make up for the loss of C fri It State, is a true believer in openness and money provided by the ~ (00) the democratic approach to the arts. ($30,000) and Meyer (abo~t $1 ~eral "I like to get more people involved Foundations during the flr~t ~~ the with our projects. You may lose some years, Nodal is encou~age b siness power, but in terms of input everybody positive response of pnvate u asoJl. gains," he comments. which amounted to $60,000 lasth~e pro By training and temperament an ar- With roughly 30 percent of .IJed bY tist, a sculptor and a photographer, the jected budget of $170,000 pro~1 co tJI Cuban-born Nodal, who landed in the NEA, grants from the D. . nitie a Florida at the age of seven, is mission for the Arts and Hum t suf thoroughly conscious of the artists and CETA he feels confident tha be , t can concerns. At the same time Nodal un- ficient corporate suppor derstands that moral and financial sup- mobilized to make up the balance;side port for a project of this scope has to be If Nodal has one real concern e fof developed by "working at the grass from looking for a permanent hO~eitY· roots. " the WPA, it is the loss of spon~othef His philosophy has paid off. First of "I dont want to beco~e all, the place, left shoddy by well- stuffy institution," he explaJOs. d the un intentioned dilettantes in the mistaken By the looks of things aro n wit~ mo idea that chaotic, anti-establishment Place , which has much in com nee d not h chic somehow translates into creativity, New Yorks vibrant PSI, e DRAf~ got a thorough overhaul. Secondly, he worry-for a while. - VIOLA/210crober 1980lDossier
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  11. 11. §ooks by Neighbors AYEARs CROP OF DETECTION AND SUSPENSE Tlila he last twelve months have seen a bumper crop of books that g? bump in the night. Among the s ny fme tales of detection and church at Conques is a superb gold- encrusted statue of a local martyr. An American art historian suffering from loss of tenure falls in with a gang of jockey with a bionic hand. It will come as no surprise to Dick Franci fan that he is in deep trouble in hi new vocation as private eye to people in the racingI yUspense, I have singled out four for political terrorists who want the statue world. At one point he escapes an Our n pleasure and your peril. Read them for murky reasons of their own. Add an assortment of thugs by hitching a ride ow, then give them for Christmas: enchanting girl guide in the abbey, in a balloon on a cross-country race. (/n.no cent Blood by P. D. James season with the aphoristic chief of the The pilot is a man as addicted to danger p~~l?ners, $10.95). This is the story of local gendarmes, stir with a brooding as Sid himself. Like the careening It I,h p pa Palfrey, adopted into a sense of time in abeyance and human balloon, the story swoops over well- ,: Ish, ?onnish family but suddenly at nature on the lam and serve spicy hot. observed valleys of the human condi- P anxIous to know who her real The gang steals the statue, but the tion. The speed with which Francis h arents are. By a new British law she French police chief steals the show. creates character-especially in the case as the . h of the charming ex-wife of the ex- that h rIg t to do so. The discovery A Coat of Varnish by C. P. Snow at er mother is a murderess and her (Scribners, $10.95). The late Lord jockey-makes other novelists seem Of e father a rapist is just the beginning Snow dubbed it the Establishment, and slow on the draw. ad~ sUbtle and brilliant best seller that himself walked many of its Corridors top s to P. D: James reputation as the of Power. So when he writes of the Oh, yes, if you can, beg, borrow, he woman In her field. Philippa and glossy world of British high society and steal or buy a copy of the old Signet par mother take a small flat in a seedy politics as he does in this last novel, he paperback of an early John Le Carre, ter~ ?f .London (the mothers prison brings credentials incomparable. A Call for the Dead. It will make you lllUrd IS Ju.st .up),and the father of the dowager who in her day had been an realize what a splendid writer Le Carre night;r Victim stalks their days and Edwardian enchantress is killed in her was before he choked off his clear nar- ... Belgravia town house and the suspects, rative gift with pretension and manner- The all absolutely top drawer, are many. ism in The Honourable Schoolboy. do Treasure of Sainte Foy by Mac- 1h~~I~ Harris (Atheneum, $10.95). Snow builds his effects slowly but with -BURKE WILKINSON hag 1St h e u nus u a 1 s tor y 0 f a great skill. There is a twist in the tail of hillogr aphic heist. The setting is the the plot that is as clever as anything he Burke Wilkinsons own credentials in the uPl town of Conques in the spiny ever did. field of suspense include Night of the Short of ands of L angue d oc. The centerpiece th . Whip Hand by Dick Francis (Harper Knives and two anthologies, Cry Spy! and e treasure in the great abbey & Row, $9.95). Sid Halley is an ex- Cry Sabotage! Dossier/October 1980115
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  13. 13. The Educated Palate WASHINGTON WINE CELLARS W ine cellars in Washington are not usually blessed with the cold damp atmosphere of cellars in France where the dust and rnold-Iaden aged bottles almost makes them seem more special. But there are lllany individuals here who attach the s~me importance to a good bottle of WIne. The cellars in Washington can range from a specially built refrigerated room with cubicles solidly designed to h?ld aging liquid wonders to a closet nIche under the stairs. But the same love of fine wine prevails and colors the oWners life. This has been going on for quite some time here. Thomas Jefferson had a great cellar at Monticello and loved the Champagnes and great Burgundies. lie C?unseled Washington, Adams an.d MadIson on selecting wines for their use. When he was President he spent oVer $2000 a year for wine to serve his guests. The following summaries ,of three S .WlOe cellars may serve as an ~n- PI ration to the good life , and we lO- cI d I u e rare bottles one can buy now to ay away for future great occasions. ,Bunter Drum started collecting WInes after World War II , when he cam Ca e to Washington. In 1958, he be- C;e a, member of the Confrerie des evahers du Tastevin, perhaps the lllo t prestigious wine society in the ~O~ld-there are 29 chapters in the nlted States. The Washington chapter ~~s founded in 1946 and Mr. Drum im ves as the "Grand Senechal." At an foportant gourmet dinner recently, C~s gras was served with Taittinger li oa~pagne, Consomme matched withI 19~;ed pa , epe Sherry, river trout accom- Cordon Charlemagne Latour i La and Veal Orloff was served with graceach~ 1969. The cheese course was Les ~ With ~he great Nuits St. Georges We f aucralns 1969. All these wines Ot~e rom the private cellar of the club! IN arren B er members of the society include David Ll urger, George Renchard, BOYd Kreeger, and Leo Daly. Fren~~t~r Dru~ primarily collects urgUndles like his favorite La
  14. 14. The time-honored tradition of decanting a fine wine is performed by Dr. Stanley Perl in his wine cellar, He is decanting a 1962 La Mission Haut Brion (a Graves Bordeaux), 191 6 Tache (Romanee Conti) 1964 or 1968, of great French wines-he holds a, his His wine cellar is in a closet in the and 1934 Chateau Gruaud Larose l~ea1J basement-not specially cooled, but cellar. Other favorites are Ch1a for stable and accessible. He enjoys serving Haut Brion and Cos dEstorn ne the American Schramsberg Champagne for special festivities. To Drum, good wine means the pleasure of sharing with A Basic Wine Cellar l friends. "It also preserves a way of eating and drinking which is perhaps White Wines disappearing." Fine wines enhance 3 California Chardonnays dies special occasions, and they are meant to 3 French Macons or White Burg un be enjoyed. Other favorite Burgundies (Poilly Fuisse) net! 3 German (I Mosel; I Rhine Kabl include Meursault and Chassagne or Spatlese) Montrachet. Drum is also looking at 2 Italian (Vernaccia) Italian wines and Yugoslavian wines 2 Loires (Muscadet, Vouvray) for daily drinking and is very enthu- Red Wines siastic about California wines. Drum suggests that the wine enthu- 6 Italian Chianti, Barolos, Barbera, I ($3-$13) siast save and store special bottles for as Spanish-Rioja-older 70s long as possible in the optimum condi- ($3-$7.50) tions of little vibration and darkness. "Everything is usually drunk too Californian 6 Cabernets-3 for now ( 76 WilloW , ng l young," he says and suggests one try Creek, Souverein); 3 for cellart less expensive choices. "But Ill buy (76 Sterling 77 Dry Creek) Burgundies as long as I can afford 2 Zmfandels (Sutter H orne, Ridge) , them," he adds. 2 Petite Sirah (Pedrizitti, To an Italian, food and wine are as 77 Concannon) natural as the sun. Guilio Cantoni grew 2 Gamays (Mondavi) up in Milan, but has made his home in French t Bethesda for many years. As an expert 75 petl e 16 Bordeaux-3 for now ( 6 at NIH he undoubtedly knows the I chateaux); 13 for later (75, 7 healthful aspects of wine, and he has Classifieds) e collected 1,500-2,000 bottles in his 2 Rhones (Chateau Neuf du Pap , cellar. He keeps his wines horizontally Cote du Rhone) d BeaUne) in clay canisters not specially cooled. 2 Beaujolais (78, 79 Cot~ ~) He has been collecting since 1954 and 8 Burgundy (76 Cote de Ul has never lost a bottle. Guilio is a loverIS/October 1980/Dossier
  15. 15. OF BETHESDA S1>ortowneJtdinar y d kmg, a Ch"lantl Cl asslcor n nn .~~s lanco de Ie Allegra is perfect, he "....they are such values. nEventhoughmywinesarenotcooled, yav e never lost a bottle. At the worst, great wines will mature in 40 years Itead of 30," he adds. CUDDLE UP tv ery month since 1961, Guilio andlt1~ther friends have a special dinner Fabulous hooded fun t SPouses-they are served the very fur. Utmost in warmth~ there is from the great Italian and style. Beige withI{Olos to the great French Chateaux- dark shading. ~t Chateau Lafite and Chateau ~er ~961. Sizes 6-20iidlashIngton is fabulous for someone Price $260.~ithY collecting fine wines, he says. ~ great competitive wine stores such Hours: Mon - Sat 9:30 A.M. - 6 P.M.~d acArthur, A & A, Apex, Central ° WOodley, there are a great number 8300 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 654-5146 654-5002 ,,~POrtunities for wine tastings. s t.art with a small number of bot-~;-If You like a few, put them away. in experiment." But if you like some-ov}n.thats expensive-buy it to lay Fr nch cui inc from no n ~h till midnight.SYe Great Italian Barolos may take For lunch, dinn r or lateha;ar s to reach perfection, and ones upper call 342-0810 for ge ces of finding the great 1964 vin- re ervations. omplimenrary an are slim indeed. The market valet parking available. it ges .rapidly. Guilio notes that eveneop~ Wines are better with cellaring;em e shouldnt be afraid to store French cuisine.i~:~~le~ Perl, a radiologist, freelyad- From midi to minuit.Ons. Wine be!ng one of ~is .great yas-t h·Cheap wmes were his first wmes, IS taste and expertise grew. He 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, II Georgetown Dossier/October /980//9
  16. 16. started collecting in bulk ten years ago and has built a marvelous, auto-cooled wine cellar in his basement in George- town, filled with favorites like 1945 Mouton Rothschild, 1947 Cheval Blanc, and Chateau Petrus 1975. "Wine is an interesting reflection of my life. It grows, changes, and hopeful- ly matures. And you can look at it in an analytical way-you taste it as it changes," he says. Stanleys favorite region is the St. Julien in Bordeaux. He realizes a per- son just collecting now has high prices against him for the really exceptional bottles-he himself feels he started ten years too late. Stanley advises the wine buff to buy wines that are drinkable and try vertical tastings ("a 64 and a 70 in the same , liar thOI vintage"). It is essential to record ones The Cantonis check a vintage In the" ce e" has clay-canister-enclosed protectIon ji0 r wm . , experiences in the wine and food choices after sampling. Wine books and helpful wine purveyors abound for Elliot Staren of MacArthur Iq f t L uo fS more assistance. The Perls are collec- recommends the 1975 and 1976 2~~O ting Italian wines now, for high quality growths-wines that will live for ktO f and low prices. 30 years. A 1976 Bernkastel er DOl tiS People knowledgeable in wine are would be a nice addition for mar ve 0 quick to discover favorites that they sipping before a light dinner.. Rie s share with friends. Minister Pierre Col- The late harvest Johanmsb~rg I as mant, the commercial counselor at the lings of California are exceptlOnadvi French Embassy, has a great love of are the 1974 Cabernets of Monesa to , Chateau Talbot-as old as he can get it. Sterling and Mayacamus-~m note Hell serve it at home for dinners with treasure in 10 to 20 years. Elhot eJ1 Moet et Chandon Champagne for aper- that recent Burgundies are v~rY eX~wef itifs, and often order Talbot when he is sive and do not have the staymg P talk entertaining guests in restaurants. Jac- of older vintages-unless yOU a: e of ques de Larosiere, head of the Interna- ing about the Romanee Conti wme~ios. tional Monetary Fund, enjoys serving the best Montrachets and ~haf!lbertheif Chateau Beycheville 1964 at his dinner American wines are commg IntoYio e parties; he acquired it and others during own now. Staren gives Meredyth J11 . ks fof I his current post. yards Seyval Blanc high mar Experts in town are ready to assist mediate drinking enjoyment. still you with the special bottles for cellar. Douglas Jones at Ace Beverages he The president of Les Amis du Vin, Ron appreciates the older vintages t~a~ tiP Fonte, notes that Rhone wines, like and Harry Siegal can manage t~ ~c tl erJ1 Chateau Neuf du Pape and Cote Rotie, for their customers. Chateau d . IqW ioe and Spanish Reservas, are reasonable will always be a lusciousl~ specla The~ now and of high quality. German wines to match desserts or fOls gras. II [Of have escalated 80 percent since 1970, 71 recommend Chateau Coutet as we of th percent due to inflation. But the 1975 a sweet Sauterne at alm~st ~ te~ouil and 76 German wines are excellent and the price. White BurgundieS hke od . Cru a better buys for quality than later vin- Iy Fuisse, Chablis Premier laid tages. Chassagne Montrachet can be [jed For real cellaring, the French down for five years. The 1975 c1as~loWll y Bordeaux and Italian Barolos are the Bordeaux are wonderful to la p ho ll longest "livers." The 1977 Vintage for 10 to 20 years-ChateaU h~teall Port will be a bottle of the century to Lalande , Chateau Montrose, Can be layaway. Buy a selection of red and Petrus-some petite chateaUX ageS white California and French petite drunk earher. May fl owe r Bever . wjOeS chateaux to lay down for a few years. has a selection of rare German 19005. designer hancbags Almost any bottle, even jug wines, and old Madeiras from the early t I de & benefits from aging. A spectacular 1900 sweet Mosca ecia l4417-19 jahn marr drive • annandale, virginia Many wine purveyors will suggest Setubel is available for JP;LOf{354-2110 apen man-sat 10:00-5:30 special wines to hold and layaway. occasions. _BETTE A20/0ctober J980/Doss;er
  17. 17. Design For LivingTHE COUNTRY HOUSE THE HERBERT H%TS BUILT hen Herbert and Gloria Haft various terraces, an Olympic size swim-W lived in Chevy Chase and in Kalorama Square they missedthe wide-open green spaces. Being a man ming pool, an exquisitely kept tennis court, a vegetable garden and other suburban status symbols. It is also aof action, the founder and president of decorators dream.Dart Drug moonlights," as he puts it, as From the very grand 32-foot higha builder of shopping centers, apartment foyer to the elegant twin living roomscomplexes and warehouses. He also has measuring a comfortable 32 feet, every-an interest in automotive supplies. Their thing was designed to accommodateson Robert is founder and president of any number of people with the greatestCrown Books, and recently announced of ease. You could have a party withthe acquisition of 14 more stores in L.A. 250 intimate friends in these well pro- Herbert bought 16 beautiful acres portioned rooms, all of them in under- h h ceilings, is Above: The foyer, with its 32-foot Ig bl floorway out in Potomac and built the house stated tones of beige, gray and other all space and light. The beige-hued m.ar e Theof his dreams. Actually, the spaciouswhite brick Normandy style countryhouse is a mansion with 3 kitchens, 11 neutrals, and still not feel crowded. The traffic flow-in and out of the living rooms, dining rooms and terraces-is in the entrance is graced with a Tabf/Z rug· tapestry wall hanging was made ~o. order :s is China. Below: One of the twin IIVI~g rOO hc air dominated bv Yankel Ginzburgs blomorp Ibathrooms, a gracious copper roof worked out to perfection. On the other " custom- stractions. The matching couches, the dinated(equipped with a 75 year guarantee), (Continued on Page 54) made Edward Fields rugs are color coo,., and accentuated with ruby red pillows.2UOctober 1980/Dossier
  18. 18. PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOHN WHITMAN FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS BY ANGELO BONITA CUSTOM FLORAL DECORATORS, INC -BETHESDA Left: One of the favorite spots in the living room is the elegant backgammon table made out of suede with its two art deco chairs. The target behind it is a symbol of Dart Drug and was designed by Herbert HqJt himself. Below: In the upstairs sitting room next to their art deco bedroom, the HqJts splendid collection of tableweights find a suitable setting. An oriental theme is repeated on the silk upholstered couches, draperies and all floral arrangement throughout the bedroom suite.8eloll W;nOSIt ~rm par?uet floorsunderline a quiet at-no Ii. ere m the dmmg room seating 24. The gnijicent d . table of old black walnut islaid mmg(ftnp~:t.for a buffet dinner. The Chinese screens,4Ph Jars, hand-blocked fabric on theIfndo:~ere~ dining chairs and floral centerpiece Oriental touch to a contemporary selling. Dossier/October /980/13
  19. 19. Pres rving the Status Symbol By Kathleen Burns
  20. 20. Aging fur coats that have been hiber-nating in dark, dank clo ets are now be-ing rejuvenated into more contempo-rary styles, thanks to orne innovativefurriers. Unlike a passe suit or dress that maybe handed down or given to Goodwill,you dont tend to give away a fur evenif its outdated. Instead, it is relegatedto a closet or cold storage vault, whereit hangs in isolation, season after sea-son, while the owner fantasizes thatsomeday that style will return. A check with a few of the furriers intown elicited some useful tips on whatto do if youre down to your last furand want to update it.Garfinckels 628-7730 Shifting hemlines have renderedsome coats useless. Various jacketlengths, collars and sleeves that are nolonger popular, notes Bob McGrath, furdepartment manager for Garfinckels. To salvage furs that still have somewearability, Garfinckels is designingjackets using leather, suede and ultra-suede as well as knitted fabrics forsleeves, collars and coat fronts. Suchrenovations run from $700 to $2,000,depending on how many usable peltswere in the older coat. McGrath said the response to an adthe company ran last spring was "phe-nomenal!" People came to the storeclutching the flyer and their old capesand stoles. McGrath cautions thatrestyling isnt always the answer since.high labor costs may not justifyrenovating too old a fur. But the com-pany thus far this season has done moregeneral restyling than they have sinceGarfinckels opened its fur studios. "Weve got quite a reputation in this At left, opposite page, natural heatherarea for doing miracles and we do lots Lunaraine mink by Christian Dior, at Garfin-of them," he said. ckels. The Norwegian blue fox from Wood- ward & Lothrop, above. --I. Magnin 468-2900 At I. Magnin, fur manager Stephen A t left on facing page, the woman in his life cant make a snap decision on a matter as im-Sanders says the store supports remod- portant as choosing a fur. And so our good-eling and recycling furs, but only if the natured male stands by with a natural Glacialfinished product warrant the invest- fox coat by Yves St. Laurent from Saks-Jandelment. Sanders said they prefer to work on one arm and an Asiatic racoon coat fromwith furs such as minks that are no Garfinckels on the other. On the limousine, left to right, are a grey cross mink cape and amore than seven years old. Fitch jacket both from Mouratidis. A natural Their forte is repairs instead of Lunaraine mink muff and hat from Saks-remodeling, and they have no charge Jandel await miladys approval. Chauffeursfor the service. They also boast of their came by limousine from Dav-el Livery to carry gift boxes from Saks-Jandel, Woodward &returns policy. Lothrop, Rosendorf-Evans, Millers Fur, I. "We take back anything. We want Magnin, Saks Fifth A ve., and Neiman-Marcus.our customer to be happy," Sanders The selection is so hard - maybe she can talksaid. him into two furs? To enhance the aura of love at firstsight, I. Magnins has skylights fornatural light on furs, serves cocktails tocustomers and favors a casual Califor- Dossier/October 1980115
  21. 21. nia atmosphere so the customef i neither hurried nor harried. Unlike some department slOf~ ntO which lease the fur operation, I. Mag White mink coat at Mouratidis, pictured maintains its own fur factory in ~o below. Francisco and has fur salons in 18 of III 22 stores. e Nurturing their elite image is a prty e range from $450 to $135,000. fh r dont encourage trade-ins, as so~e 03 their competitors do. Designers ft~d . welcome niche here with attractiOn such as Berger Christiansen of ~e~ mark, Chloe, Karl Lagerfeld, Valentin, St. Laurent and Pat Iauto. Saks-Jandel 65Z-2250r ne Saks-Jandel also stresses de,slg to wear for its customer, according p Peter Marx. The Saks-Jandel line~r, features Halston, St. Laurent, oeen frey Beene, Sorbara, Chloe and Val tino. 3 "At this point, designers have beeniO major influence in the last six yeaf~ I most of the fur houses in New yor ~I Marx said. He termed the designer C 9 lections "an added plus, without doubt" in providing fresh insi.g~t ~ compared to "little old furriers h.ld 1 r l: away in back rooms turning out s1111 / styles year after year." rn Taking up the cause of the for°ci White Russian lynx bellies coat at left, by male who wants to make the right dean Grosvenor. Below, left to right, natural brown sion when buying a fur for the wO~he Swakara blouson with wheat-dyed inserts, and in his life, Marx recommended that ee wheat-dyed mink blouson with rust-dyed mink inserts, both by Jerry Sorbara, all at Saks- man review a womans lifestyle to/be Jandel. where and when a fur coat wo ul fof worn. Some are for skiing, some, 0 shopping and some strictly for fash101 s0 able evenings. If the woman dO,e jt want it, Marx requests that she bfll1~ld back and find something she WO really prefer. ~ , To avoid making mistakes, the Saus C Jandel spokesman stressed that the 0- tomer seek a furrier with the same CO th fidence he would a jeweler since bO are "blind" items. Mouratidis 338-2i~ One of the most common mistarn in buying a fur coat is getting an ;h e proper fit. And not only do th shoulders, back, arms, neck and leng jO have to fit, the overall coat must beef proportion so the owner is not o~a whelmed by it, counsels Helen Nou heir of Mouratidis in Georgetown. ~ to coats, which range from $1,50 dj $50,000, are all sold for fit. MOura~~~1 t also carries mens styles, with m 0 0 cco coyote, calf skin, nutria and ra at most popular. Mens furs start $1,800. 56} (Continued on page16/0ctober 1980/Dossier
  22. 22. • A Norwegian blue fox jacket from Le Parisien, at left. Above, mahogany mink from Millers Furs. Below, pecan-dY~d fox by Dior from Garfinckels. Dossier/October 1980117
  23. 23. the! There must be twelve thousand of us, surly foreigners treat IS Britons decent- State Department informed me, ra laSlgive or take a few. No one knows for ly, or else. No one kl ows for sure how gravely I fancied, that there w~re at Cosure just how many Washingtonians many of those there are around here. count 990 Britons in the District of J1d Jare allowed to hold those delightful This is no seamy Asian outpost where lumbia, some 5560 in Maryland e 1stiff navy blue passports that sport the all the Queens subjects are earnestly 5487 in Virginia. Eleven thousand n edroyal crest and have the copperplate in- advised to register their names and ad- hundred and thirty seven who b~the{arscription on Page Two that begins: dresses with the local British Consul. to obey the American Immigrat~OnJ11e)"Her Britannic Majestys Principal Insurrection and civil alarm seem so to the letter-and a few more (likeSecretary of State for Foreign and unlikely in Washington that we are who forgot. aLICommonwealth Affairs requests and reckoned well able to look after our- It is tempting to say that the th aOrequires ... " It goes on to demand that selves from the moment we arrive until sand dozen of us who live here h~ve to the moment we leave. Only the State influence that is out of all proport~o; to Simon Winchester has for eight years Department has a vague idea of our our numbers. Think, lest you WIS gObeen the Washington Correspondentfor the numbers since they do, technically, re- challenge that, of the other fore~heLondon Daily Mail. He has recently left quire foreigners to write their names on groups who live in and around JOthat post and is now a roving columnist in small white cards that can be found in American capital. What about the r 0the European area for the London Times. post offices each January. And the dians and the Pakistanis-Ill wagel8/0ctober /980/Dossier
  24. 24. de rigueur in racier parts of town, it from the old country, models from the cannot be said even by the most ardent Cotswolds and the Weald and the fringes Francophile that this town has been in- of Dartmoor have all come and settled fluenced-save, of course, for having down in the capital, making us some- been designed and planned-by the what homesick, if truth be known. This French. i an English city before anything else, But the British-now theres a group an island of Engli hmen et in an who helped turn what might just have American sea. been a sleepy southern town into one of But who are the twelve thousand of the more gracious of the worlds pur- us who survive here, and what do we all pose-built capitals. Compare Washing- do-save from making shop assistants ton with, say, Canberra or Brasilia, laugh themselves silly at what they call Islamabad or whatever new town is be- our "cute little accents?" ing built to take over Juneau in Alaska. Well, as far as the State Department All of those places are, or soon will knows, we do just about everything you be, no doubt, sterile creations of some all do, except that a very large number pompous architects, places that satisfy of us-almost the largest single bloc- no one except for those who have to are members of the Corps of Diplo- draw maps of the place. But Wash- mats. If anyone were to suggest the ington, as well as being a cartographers Briti h here like pecking orders as much paradise, is also a decent, softly round- as they do back in England-where, as ed sort of city in which to live. To some they say, everyone from a duke to a small extent I am certain even the most dustman knows his precise position in keenly nationalistic of you will agree Society-then we would have to admit that has something to do with the pres- that the Diplomats come top of the pile ence here, in fairly large numbers, of and are permitted first peck every time. the British. There IS much interest in the charac- The French and the post-Depression ter of the British Ambassador Extraor- architects of your own country made dinary and Plenipotentiary who is sent RANK F M N ALL RY Washington a city of monuments, of here by the reigning Monarch to conveygUinea Or course. We helped add the human her Ministers messages to her friendthel11 th two there are many more of touches-the gardens and the rows of in the Government of our Former Col-Washin ~n there are of us, and yet is townhouses and the Tudor mansions in ony. When I arrived here eight year OUtpost g On becoming some western the suburbs, the solid-looking clubs ago we had Lord romer-a rich and llr ooks BO f Bombay or Karachi? Do and the parks and the churches. The dignified man who knew a lot about gUlab a rothers sell saris yet? Is there Washington Cathedral-does it remind horses and banking and precious little Cafeter~ ;;un to be found at Sholls one of Chartres, or the Jama Masjid in else-at the helm of the great flag hip And ~h Of COurse not! Old Delhi? No-its design comes British Emba y a he urged and find P at of the French? I seem to straight from Exeter or Ely or Wells. ~ayed down Mas achusetts Avenue. , arts ofK SCitable Gall treet swarming with ex- Though it may well be graniteers from His predecessor had gone off with theafterno IC matrons on hot summer Vermont who sculpt the stones and wife of the BBC corre pondent or vice-half ot~ and get the impression that fashion the gargoyles, the buildings versa: it wa a delicious scandal whichcal11p OUt ontmartre has decided to grand design says, discreetly, "I am Lady Cromer attempted to outdo byAnd Yet_O~ the banks of the Potomac. British and I will set my mark upon the going on the radio and sugge ting thatl11ake the; ough cuisine minceur may city I overlook." the life of an Asian (it was during atOn Sta ood Section of the Washing- That is what I mean when I suggest discussion of the Vietnam war, as Ib r On naches and P Oc~asion and though that Britain has done much to soften recall) was, on average, worth very little erner and Les Cars are the cityscape of Washington: that ideas indeed. That cau ed a mighty flap. Dossier/October 1980119
  25. 25. Sir Nicholas Henderson, Views current British ambassador. from a Colonial Outpost Its the Middleburg Races, but Pamela Harriman was married to Ran- couldnt it be a scene from Merrie dolph Churchill, the only son of Olde England? Winston Churchill. The Gerald Fords entertain the Queen and Prince Philip at the White House during the Bicentennial. I Jay and Iris Former Ambassador Peter Cromer, wife Margaret greet the Earl o,{bothOms. who preceded the Peter Ran 1 ea ··J-aaY Hermione Gingo 1a he;1 auction.I~========-================================R=am=,,=w=i=th ==~3010ctober /980lDossier
  26. 26. --- The romer were ucceeded by the Ram botham , a charming couple who bu ied them elve in offering large din- ner to anyone who had any influence in permitting the oncorde jet to land out at Dulle Airport. He clearly did hi job prelly well, because oncorde wa allowed in. The Ram botham were ordered home on one of the fir t to fly, becau e people back in "The Office" suddenly got it into their head that ir Peter wa ,a omeone in Downing Street put it, "a tuffed hirt." Then there were the thoroughly modern Jay, who did their be t to become intimate with the young ters in the Carter White Hou e but didnt do too terribly well and managed to divide social Wa hington into Those Who Did (like the Jays) and Those Who Didnt. Peter Jay found the whole busines of being Amba sador here a terrible bore-though he loved just being here, thinking Great Thoughts about the Decline of the West. He and Margaret remain here till, enjoying them elve hugely, Liked by those who Did, Loathed by tho e who Didnt. A tiara-ed Lady Ramsbotham And the present incumbents are the and Sir Peter wait to greet Queen Henderson , he a caricature of Engli h- Elizabeth and Prince Philip in July 1976. ness, she a Greek hoste who is aid to set the be t table in Northwe t. Diplo- matically, perhap they are not the greatest of ucce es, though the e are early days; ocially-though they have failed to revive that quinte entially English of ummer in titutions, the Queens Birthday Party (or the "QBP," as it is known from our Emba sy in Reykjavik to our High Commi ion in Dacca)-they ar reckoned a singular triumph. From Cromer to Henderson the doyen and doyennes of the Briti h in Wa hington are leader, both in ymbol Zandra Rhodes and in legal fact, of the thou ands of us showed her collection who live here. Sometimes we feel com- at the Corcoran. forted in the knowledge we are repre- Ambassador Elliot Richardson ented and protected by a figure of en route to present his credentials terling credential. ometime we feel to HRH, the Queen. a slight twinge of unease, a though somehow Prince s Margaret had be- come Queen, and rock tar were heard to be tuning their guitars in the Gun Room at andringham. British amba ad or head a pack of some 600 diplomatic Other Rank who work either in the magnificent Lutyen man ion of the emba y re idence or in the omewhat unimaginative-were I not a patriot I might say, plain ugly-glass and brick office block next to it. No one is quite sure what all the e men and women do, ave shop at ar- finckels and pu h paper from one ide Dos ierlOctober 1980131
  27. 27. teof their desks to another. But theyre a anice lot, and they decorate Chevy Chase tparties with their uncommon wit and atheir interesting dental work. They are hmuch in demand, from the lowliest tThird Secretary in the passport office to tthe Minister himself in his great man- nsion (sort of Tudoresque, the kind ofthing King Henry might have built hadhe settled on Foxhall Road). Youll findBritons propping up aspidistras and ex-pressing quiet distaste at the tempera-ture of the sherry from Middleburg toSt. Marys City and all places in between. But we are more than mere diplomats.There is, of course, the distinguishedcorps delite of the Washington journal- The British Embassy Players, made up of staff members, presents plays of English origin to Tessieists, men (Id like to say there were American and British audiences. Stars of a recent "Old Time Music Hall" are Len PrOSser, OShea, Mahri Miller and Producer, Doris Hall.women, but there arent any just now) . kin 2who have been given by their papers around here, army chaps out proving Ports , which occupy all of their wa a ~ traand magazines the nicest jobs going in tanks over at Aberdeen and Air Force moments, and then they go on ex fourBritish journalism: the American beat. johnnies out at Dulles. Theres a weekly gant Home Leaves for three or ar e . There once was a time a decade or so plane which the RAF flies into Dul- months at a time. Basically .bankle~akeago when the British journalistic pack les-it happens to land in England at a freeloaders, and they know It: they ku 1kwas the largest foreign contingent in village not ten miles from my home. A themselves too seriously, they s netown. Sad to say, were now number pang of homesickness courses through about in the knowledge that everYI~fe,two to the Japanese. The British are me when I see the Dulles departures knows they have far toO goo.d. a bYdown to no more than forty strong board on a Saturday afternoon show- and they have the added liablhty.- I . all Onathese days, and when we take tea with ing flights to London. virtue of working for an Intern rethe Ambassador every couple of mon- The "bankies," as the World Bank organization that somehow den aW re them-of not being Bntls h a ny 01 t 0 .. 0 ths, we scarcely fill his drawing room. employees are derisively termed, tendThe Ambassadors little soirees are, in to include a lot of Brits-but once but well, worldly. They even neglf~c un tfact, about the only time we see each again, for some curious reason, theres carry their British passport~ and a theother en masse-the old bonds of siege no great social interchange between light blue laisser passers IOsteadtheirmentality that kept us together have all them and the diplomatic and journalis- bounders. Thats why they keepbut vanished with the years. Our editors tic community, which tends to move in distance, frankly. . thatlike to suggest we meet as many lockstep for most of the tour here. The businessmen are lIke tis hAmericans as possible rather than stick- Those Ive known have this infuriating too-the British Airways and Br~hOing to each other for security in this habit of taking themselves terribly seri- Leyland and British Paints people ndstrange foreign land, so we tend to ously-not a British trait at all, oh, tend to commute between McLean; ucultivate the natives and have found, to no-and leaving for protracted Study Dulles and see little of the rest 0 al aW Jour delight, they are quite as friendly Tours of remote places in Deepest Af- because their work keeps themand as harmless as we had read. rica, looking at textiles, or the effects of h troUnced The Lincoln Mall Polo Club whIC. polO Then there are the other Brits-mili- strange seven-legged bees on the local the British Combined Military ServICes othetary people, naval types at the bases corn crop. Then they write huge Re- Team in Tidworth, England will hav~ ~~Olltll crack at them on their home field thiS