If you lived in Paris and particularly Montmartre during the 20’s and 30’s of last century then you were in for a night of debauchery and decadence after dark at a bar called Le Monocle. This part of Paris was where artists, bohemians, can-can dancers from the Moulin Rouge, business men, and the queer community all let their hair down and spent quality time together.
Montmartre is also the spiritual home of Amelie de Montmartre, ingenue and beauty – the character in my favourite film of all time. Le Monocle was a bar run by the formidable owner Lulu until it shut during World War II.
A tell-tale trend of being a lesbian at the time was wearing a monocle, so women wanting to signal and attract same-sex mates would wear one proudly along with a tuxe and cropped hair style.