Today we’re intrigued by this late 1950s colour video called ‘Large Girls Club’. Set against the aristocratic backdrop of the Duke of Bedford’s home Woburn Abbey, a rather grand woman arrives by helicopter at the start of the clip, Madame Mag Cournou, described as being “prominent in the world of fashion and in practically every other way”. Three photographers who look more like amateur actors cower before her, camera poised.

According to the narrator Madame Mag is a bit of a big deal in France, as the owner of the Large Girls Club over there, and has arrived to launch the British branch, already 7000 strong. (?!) Any information on these characters or this bizarre club would be much appreciated. One guest seems to be a Nigerian prince with a flair for womens fashion, Simon Oyeniyi, who stands outside Woburn Abbey looking thoroughly thrilled. Just watch it.

1950s Large Girls Club launch party newsreel


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