The Discreet Sportswear of the Bourgeoisie

Found on Pinterest, this photo from the Vintage Dancer site’s posting “Vintage Hiking and Camping Clothes – 1910 to 1950”:


[blog caption] Around 1900, tweed and plaid prints were symbolic with sportswear for the upper classes. Here both suits and knickers were options for hiking and gardening? (watering can?)

Just one scene from the great surrealistic comedy of sexual manners and mannered clothing, The Discreet Sportswear of the Bourgeoisie. In synopsis:

– Herbert clutches his watering can apprehensively, hoping to catch Lionel’s eye and whisk the fashionable young man off for a vigorous afternoon communing with Herbert’s lush deep-purple gloxinias.

– Lionel, still in full golf drag from his morning’s exertions, guards a picnic basket stuffed with hallucinatory Peruvian ayahuasca, waiting for the perfect moment to snare the aloof Gilbert.

– Gilbert, so thoughtlessly unaware of the others, so utterly attuned to the pinnacle of his own physical and sartorial perfections, is calmly ejaculating in his secret silk hiking briefs from Andrew Christan. His semen smells subtly of lavender from the fields of Provence.

Background from Wikipedia:


The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (French: Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie) is a 1972 surrealist film directed by Luis Buñuel and written by Jean-Claude Carrière in collaboration with the director. The film was made in France and is mainly in French, with some dialogue in Spanish.

The narrative concerns a group of upper middle class people attempting—despite continual interruptions — to dine together.

A remarkable film.

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