FASHION: No More Nettie

Nettie Rosenstein is through again, and the U.S. wholesale dress business feels as jewelers would feel if Tiffany's were folding up. "Miss Rosie" has made more fine women's clothing and sold it at higher prices than any other designer in the business. But that was before Pearl Harbor. Things look different now, and Nettie Rosenstein was never a woman to miss a trend.

The language of the dress business is extravagant, but, even in plain English, genius is the word for Nettie. Her peculiar genius is summed up in her favorite maxim : "It's what you leave off a dress...

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