Books: Fantastic Industry

THIS IS FASHION—Elizabeth Burris-Meyer—Harper ($6).

In 1939 American women spent $750,000,000 for 170,000,000 dresses, $210,000,000 for 3,000,000 fur coats, $360,000,000 for stockings, $105,000,000 for corsets and bras, $160,000,000 for 100,000,000 hats. Total: $1,585,000,000.

The coming of Dress Regulation L-85* in 1942 checked for a time the development of one of America's greatest industries. It ended a decade in which, says Author Burris-Meyer, "fashion had been static for the longest period in modern history."

Combs for Cats. Elizabeth Burris-Meyer's detailed story of dress, trimmings and furnishings runs from prehistoric Egypt to the present day....

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