The unknown author of this article believed deeply that the Paris fashions of 1913 were very much in keeping with the grand traditions established and maintained by that city since the eighteenth century. This critic was very impressed with the recent work of Paul Poiret and Doeuillet and presented a number fashion illustrations to prove the point. Oddly, the article is credited simply to " Worth" which leaves one wondering whether the writer was one of the sons of Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895); Jean Philippe Worth or Gaston Worth, both of whom had inherited their father's great house of fashion.
Most people, and you might very likely be one of them, tend to believe the old adage, "Show me your friends, and I'll tell you what you are"; but fashion diva Lady Duff Gordon (aka: 'Lucile') was of the mind, "Show me your bathroom, and I'll tell you who and what you are" and in 1922 she went out to prove it by scampering all over Paris in search of the finest bathrooms. Upon reading of the expedition, the editors of HARPER'S BAZAAR remarked:
"It makes one realize that many of us who fatuously remarked, 'So this is Paris', were really not at the party at all."
Click here to read a 1937 article about feminine conversations overheard in the best New York nightclub bathrooms.
Fashion and Hollywood costume designer Howard Greer
wrote of Lady Duff Gordon
(born Lucy Sutherland, 1863 - 1935):
"...she was the first person to introduce the French word "chic" into the English language, particularly in relation to fashion. She was the first dressmaker to employ mannequin parades (ie. models) in the showing of clothes...She was responsible for many fads and her clothes made many people famous. She was the most expensive dressmaker of her time, and the most aloof."
For a time, when Europe was embroiled in war, she impressed her sense of "chic" throughout the hinterlands of America in the Sears & Roebuck Catalog and in her illustrated spots that appeared in the Hearst papers; in this particular one, she lends her thoughts to the subject of ladies' evening wraps for the theatre.
Lucile was one of the few souls to survive the TITANIC sinking; click here to read her account of that sad night.
•Read about the 1943 crochet revival•
• Enjoy This Entertaining Fashion Film Clip from 1917•
Before it was called Playbill it was called the Strauss Magazine Theatre Program and Cora Moore was their fashion critic. During the early spring of 1916 Mrs. Moore took a serious look at the fashion parade on Fifth Avenue and recognized that much of it had been seen before. She offered no thoughts as to why so much from the past was being borrowed but she liked it just fine nonetheless.
This cartoon was drawn by the artist Reginald Marsh (1898 - 1954), who had a swell time comparing and contrasting the bio-diversity along 1922 Fifth Avenue; from the free-verse poets on Eighth Avenue up to the narrow-nosed society swanks on Sixty-Eighth Street -and everyone else in between.
Contrary to the headline written above, this interesting article does not simply discuss the (temporary) Japanese rejection of European and American clothing in the Twenties but also touches upon earlier days when Western styles were fully embraced by the nobility of that country.
"There is in Japan a growing revolt against European clothing...The Japanese have endured agonies in their efforts to get our hats, our trousers, our corsets..."