Fashion: Stopping the Escalation

Caught in a jet-set liftoff, skirts have been rising from a ladylike "just shadows the knee" to the mid-thigh of the London mini. Followers of the high-rise trend have found themselves caught in a profusion of embarrassment just in the simple act of sitting down. "Thighs?" sighed one London designer. "Every girl I know is dieting to get into short skirts." Where was the frantic escalation to be stopped? As the grands couturiers last week paraded next fall's fashion, they provided the answer: in Paris.

The sensation was Dior's Marc Bohan....

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