Art: Dressing Down

Nearly a decade ago a New Yorker cartoon by Carl Rose showed a mother urging broccoli on an emancipated child whose response became immortal: "I say it's spinach—and I say to hell with it." To designers, spinach is not only a humble green but a trade word for any superfluous decoration. From these two sources came the fitting title of a book published this week by Manhattan's No. 1 dress designer, petite, smart, feline Elizabeth Hawes.* To Designer Hawes, "fashion" is superfluous decoration. In the process of telling how she shrugged it off...

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