FASHION: The Old New Look

The high priests and priestesses of fashion in Paris last week officially proclaimed what Manhattan's Seventh Avenue already knew: the sack is sacked and the chemise gets the breeze (TIME, June 30). At the Paris showings, the new look was an old one—the Empire style, first devised by the ancient Greeks and popularized in the 19th century by the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon. Its chief characteristics: a bosomy neckline, a high waist pulled in just below the bust, a flowing, bell-like skirt.

While most fashion writers trilled their usual ohs and ahs over the collections, the New York Herald...

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