Modern Living: The Long & the Short of It

The invitation reads BLACK TIE. So much for what the man wears. But even if his wife is on the best-dressed list, she will still call up her friends to find out how they are going to play the shin game—covered or exposed? Now two top American designers, Norman Norell and Jimmy Galanos, have trotted out their spring collections. And what is the new trend? Short, says Norell. Long, says Galanos.

Norell's gowns are more than short; they're shapeless. One after another, his models whirled around in shifts that barely exposed a single curve between neck bone and kneecap. Still, the dresses...

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