FASHION: Counter-Revolution

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Not since Irene Castle bobbed her hair in 1914 had there been such turmoil, twittering and posturing among American women. What was going on? The search for the "New Look." What was the New Look? No one knew precisely.

Some fashion designers proposed hobble skirts, hoop skirts and skirts that flapped about the ankles. Some went in for unpadded shoulders; others padded hips. Some placed their trust in the back bustle, side bustle and the wasp-waist corset, whose constrictions in the last century had been a mainstay of jokesmiths and had...

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