Foreign News: Foreign News, Sep. 11, 1944

Toujours la couture

To the few women coming to liberated Paris from buzz-bombed London, Paris fashions, 1944, were a revelation. Wrote TIME'S Correspondent Mary Welsh: "You would never believe it possible for a woman to achieve elegance on a bicycle unless you could see Parisiennes cycling in the rue Cambon, avenue Matignon, or among the hordes of cyclists constantly passing in the Place de la Concorde. But Paris women manage to look perfectly wonderful while pedaling, balancing hats at least a foot high and mostly bucket-shaped, with skirts billowing backwards enticingly but not boldly.

"The most remarkable cyclist yet seen was a girl...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!