CLOAKS & SUITS: Impudent Insult

Since France's fall, chief debate in the $1,000,000,000 U. S. dress industry is whether U. S. designers can do the job that trend-dictating P'aris once did for it (TIME, Aug. 19). For three months Paris Couturière Elsa Schiaparelli has barnstormed the U. S. talking fashions under the auspices of CBS's Columbia Artists, Inc. She also had a profitable sideline in selling her tour wardrobe designs to U. S. dress manufacturers (at $600 apiece plus 7% of the sales). By last week, as she was preparing to Clipper back to France, members of the U. S. haute couture were boiling...

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