Fashion: Going to Great Lengths

The muu muu has gone mod and turned into a granny. It happened in Los Angeles, and within a month grannies had shown up on Wilshire Boulevard in broad daylight, at the Beatles concert in the Hollywood Bowl, at Disneyland and U.C.L.A.

A granny is not a grandmother but a garment: a dress that covers the wearer from neck to ankle, a kind of nipped-in Mother Hubbard gussied up with Victorian furbelows and bows. Real-life grannies would not be caught dead in one: grannies are only for girls.

It began with a few California surfers who could sew. The girls...

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