Radio: No Patterns, Please

TV is not only colorblind; its eye is astigmatic, twitchy and inclined to water. To TV, the most modish gown or the nattiest waistcoat can look like something that was spilled on the carpet. In self-defense, the televisers have been devising a fashion code of their own.

Since BBC is an old hand at television, London has become the Paris of TV fashions, and at least one of its graduates, Bea Lillie, has credited wardrobe know-how for her chic and youthful image on U.S. sets. But New York has picked up a few tricks, too,...

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